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Full-Day Symposium for Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain

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Full-Day Symposium for Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain

Location: James S. Copley Auditorium

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Saturday, June 22
8:15 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Symposium
James S. Copley Auditorium

The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to welcome some of the world’s most preeminent scholars of Hispanic art for a wide-ranging symposium in conjunction with the summer
exhibition, Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain.

With topics ranging from the collection of Spanish arts to the cultural exchanges between Spain, the Spanish Americas, and Asia, this full-day symposium is sure to be a fascinating in-depth examination of one of the most influential empires in world history.

Tickets to the symposium include same-day admission to the featured exhibition Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain.

$7.50 members and students | $12.50 seniors and military | $15 nonmembers


8:15 a.m. Registration/Coffee & Breakfast Pastries


9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director, The San Diego Museum of Art (since 2010), directed national museums in Mexico City prior to her arrival in San Diego. She has curated numerous exhibitions on art of the Spanish Golden Age including El Greco 1900 at Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2009), José de Ribera el Españoleto, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City (2003), and Rubens e il Suo Secolo, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy (1999). Her scholarship has been published widely in journals and exhibition catalogues.


(20 mins. each presentation)
Moderator/Discussant: Roxana Velásquez


Cultural Hybridization and Model Transfer: Flanders, Spain, and America and Shared Identities

PRESENTER: Benito Navarrete Prieto, Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, University of Alcalá, has focused principally on the study of paintings by artists from Andalusia and Madrid, as well as Spanish drawing in general. He has published extensively and curated a number of exhibitions. He has also served as Director of Cultural Infrastructure and Heritage for Seville City Council and as a scientific advisor for the Diego Velázquez Research Centre.


The Values of the Hispanic Cultural Traditions as Illustrated in the Visual Arts

PRESENTER: Marcus Burke, Senior Curator, Hispanic Society of America, has served on the faculties of Yale University, Columbia University, and New York University Institute of Fine Arts, among others. He has previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University and has contributed to exhibitions at many other institutions.


Shifting Glances in a Multicultural Realm: Viceregal Golden Masterworks in Tepotzotlán
PRESENTER: Alejandra Cortés Guzmán, Researcher, National Museum of the Viceroyalty has worked in curatorial affairs, research, and exhibitions coordination in three museums in Mexico City: National Museum of San Carlos, National Museum of Art, and Palace of Fine Arts, and has served as acting director of the National Museum of the Viceroyalty, in Tepotzotlán. In her current role, she is developing a new curatorial script for the renovation of the permanent collection, among other projects.


The Global Rubens
PRESENTER: Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez, Director, Art History / Museum Studies, Long Island University, Post. Niria’s areas of specialization include the art and architecture of early modern Europe, colonial Latin America, and modern art in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently she is working on a manuscript on female piety in the Early Modern Hispanic World for which she will serve as contributing author and co-editor.


10:40 a.m. Q & A


11:15 a.m. BREAK



(20 mins. each presentation)
Moderator/Discussant: Michael Brown

“She Will Be in Fashion”: Details of Daily Life in Mexican Colonial Painting
PRESENTER: Donna Pierce, Former Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art and Head of the New World Department, Denver Art Museum, previously served as curator at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Palace of the Governors Museum, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and has collaborated in exhibitions at numerous other institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has published extensively in the field.


True Portraits? Cabrera’s Sor Juana and Guadalupe
PRESENTER: Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Jeanette’s teaching and research have focused on the field of Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America visual culture. Her longstanding interest in the intersection of European–indigenous visual cultures has led to several articles on the images in the Florentine Codex. Her most recent book follows the trans-Atlantic trajectory of a Marian devotion.


Asia, the Hispanic World and the Emergence of a New World through the Lens of Art
PRESENTER: Sofía Sanabrais, Independent scholar based in Los Angeles and former Assistant Curator of Latin American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Mellon and Getty Foundations. She contributed a chapter on Asian art in the Hispanic world to the exhibition catalogue for Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain for The San Diego Museum of Art.


12:40 p.m. Q & A


1:10 p.m. BREAK FOR LUNCH (Please note that lunch will not be provided.)



(20 mins. each presentation)
Moderator/Discussant: Roxana Velásquez

The Imperial Visual Archive: Images and Governance in the Hispanic World
PRESENTER: Daniela Bleichmar, Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California and Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Arts and Humanities, was born in Argentina and raised in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Her research addresses the history of images, objects, and texts in colonial Latin America and early modern Europe. She is currently writing a book about the Mexican early colonial manuscript known as the Codex Mendoza.


An East Coast Home for Spanish Art: Henry Clay Frick’s Call and The Frick Collection’s Response to the Art of the Peninsula
PRESENTER: Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator, Frick Collection, where she has worked since 1991. A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, she is the author and contributor to numerous publications and international exhibitions on Picasso and has contributed to many Frick publications on the permanent collection, with a particular focus on Spanish art. She is currently at work on a monograph on Monet and an exhibition on Whistler for the Frick.


San Diego and Andalucía: Unheralded Cultural Connections
PRESENTER: Michael Brown, Curator of European Art, The San Diego Museum of Art, organized the exhibition Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain and is editor of the accompanying catalogue. His expertise is painting in Spain and the Hispanic Americas and he is the author of numerous articles on Spanish portraiture and the history of collecting Hispanic art. He previously worked at the Denver Art Museum and taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver.


3:55 p.m. Q & A



Interested in learning more about Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain? Join us for the Guest Lecture & Tour Series: The Golden Age of Spain on Friday, June 21 presented by Gabriele Finaldi, Ph.D., Director of the National Gallery in London. Click here to learn more.


June 22, 2019
8:15 am - 4:00 pm
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