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Lecture: Seeing and Understanding Latin American Colonial Painting

December 8, 2014
Fullerton Hall
Free; Enter at Michigan Avenue Entrance, doors open at 5:45

The Art Institute and other American encyclopedic museums have recently begun to exhibit the arts of colonial Latin America. Leading scholar Luisa Elena Alcalá explores contemporary perspectives on colonial era paintings, and the recently opened exhibition, A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire.

Luisa Alcalá, received her BA degree from Yale University and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is currently Professor of Art History at the Universidad Autónoma, Madrid.  She has lectured widely and both edited and published essays in anthological volumes and exhibition catalogues, including:  Fundaciones jesuíticas en Iberoamérica, Madrid, 2002; The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004; Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2010; Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013; and, with Jonathan Brown, Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820, Yale University Press, 2014 (Spanish edition).

Reservations are not required for this program. 

Unidentified artist, active in Cuzco, Peru. Our Lady of Bethlehem with a Male Donor, 18th century. Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.