Collecting Mesoamerican Art in the Twentieth Century: Revealing Histories

26 Apr 2024

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Fri, 26 Apr
09:45 – 15:00

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Symposium on the complex and clandestine histories behind looted pre-Hispanic art.


Collecting Mesoamerican Art in the Twentieth Century: Revealing Histories of the International Art Market


Friday, April 26, 2024, from 9:45 am - 5 pm

Museum Lecture Hall


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This program will be offered in English and Spanish.
Este programa será ofrecido en inglés y español.

The third international symposium of the Getty Research Institute's Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative (PHAPI) focuses on mid-twentieth century practices of collecting Mesoamerican antiquities among museums and individuals in the United States, Europe, and Mexico as nations of origin were taking greater measures to prevent looting and export. The speakers in this symposium address the complex and often clandestine histories behind these events, as well as their ramifications for the present and future.

El tercer simposio internacional de la Iniciativa de Procedencia del Arte Prehisp ánico (PHAPI) del Getty Research Institute se centra en las prácticas de colección de antigüedades mesoamericanas entre museos e individuos en los Estados Unidos, Europa y México a mediados del siglo XX, mientras que las naciones de origen tomaban medidas más estrictas para prevenir el saqueo y la exportación. Los ponentes de este simposio abordan las complejas y a menudo clandestinas historias detrás de estos eventos, así como sus repercusiones para el presente y el futuro.

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Martin Berger, Leiden University
Manuel May Castillo, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
María Galbán, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
Andrew J. Hamilton, Art Institute of Chicago
Kylie Ann King, Independent Scholar
Haydée López Hernández, Dirección de Estudios Históricos (INAH)
Michael Mathiowetz, Getty Research Institute
Mary Miller, Getty Research Institute
Megan O’Neil, Emory University
Matthew H. Robb, Library of Congress

This program compliments the exhibition Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya, Moche Pottery, on view from April 10, 2024 through July 29, 2024 at the Getty Villa.

The conversation will be available on the Getty Research Institute YouTube channel following the event.

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