The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico

John F. Schwaller schwallr at
Thu Aug 31 12:26:47 UTC 2006

Announcing an exhibit and programs at the Newberry Library of Chicago

The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico
Sept. 28 to Jan. 13, 2007 .
"We want this exhibit to vividly reveal the Colonial Aztecs (the
Nahua) as people of great intelligence, creativity, and perseverance
whose contributions to the making of Colonial Mexico were essential,"
said Ellen Baird, co-curator and professor of art history at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. "The items in the exhibit make
apparent to viewers what words can only suggest: they are learned
works and often of great beauty."

Supporting programs include:

Exhibit Opening Program
Saturday, 30 September, 10 a.m.-Noon
Gallery Walks at Noon, 1 p.m. (guided tour in Spanish), and 2 p.m.
Reception, Noon

"Aztec Moments, Chicano Cosmovision: Imagining a Place for Aztlan"
Saturday, 14 October, 11 a.m.
David Carrasco, a distinguished historian of religion at Harvard
University, has published extensively on Aztec ritual, ceremonial
centers, and sacred spaces. His talk will compare the Aztecs'
imaginative and creative responses to colonization with the ways that
Mexican and Mexican-American artists, scholars, and activists have
recalled Aztec myths and symbols in constructions of their
contemporary identity. Carrasco will meet with high school students
for informal discussion before his public talk.

Mesoamerica at the Newberry
November 18
This session is an opportunity to view and discuss primary sources in
the Newberry's collections from explorers and indigenous peoples of
Mesoamerica. We will focus on, but not be limited to, Maya-related
items such as Waldeck's sketchbooks and maps. After the session, be
sure to view the items exhibited in The Aztecs and the Making of
Colonial Mexico.
Catherine Burdick, Research Assistant for the Aztecs and the Making
of Colonial Mexico exhibit and Ph.D. candidate in art history at the
University of Illinois Chicago.

# The Two Conquests of Mexico: Conquistadors and Padres
Saturdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
September 30 - December 9 (class will not meet November 25)
10 sessions, $180
This seminar is designed to integrate closely with the Newberry's
fall exhibit, The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico. The
conquest of Mexico is part of the grand narrative of imperial
European expansion. Grand narratives, of course, mix folklore and
myth with historical facts. We will begin with readings on the Aztecs
and will continue with a discussion of the Seven Myths of the Spanish
Conquest. We will conclude by assessing the imprint left by the
Indians of New Spain on the creation of modern Mexico.
Donald McVicker holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of
Chicago. He is a professor emeritus, North Central College, and a
research associate in anthropology at The Field Museum.

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
to register: (312) 255-3700 or (312) 255-3592
fax: (312) 255-3680
e-mail: pubprog at

John F. Schwaller
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY  13676

315-267-2496 fax

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