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Symposium on Latin American Art: Live Online This Weekend

Update—videos of this event have been archived here.

The three-day symposium Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century is streaming live this weekend, from Friday March 11 through Sunday March 13.

We invite you to join us online or on-site at the Getty Center on Friday and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) on Saturday and Sunday for this event, which brings together an international group of scholars, curators, museum directors, and artists to discuss new approaches to the study and presentation of Latin American art in the 21st century. The schedule is available here.

Presentations and discussion focus on three key areas: the role of the museum in the collection, contextualization, and representation of Latin American art; the production of revisionist art histories through innovative research methodologies, new interpretative frameworks and archive-based scholarship; and experimental curatorial models ranging from historic to contemporary case studies for the interpretation and presentation of art from Latin America.

Videos will be archived following the symposium here.

<em>Mapa quemado/Burned Map</em>, Horacio Zabala (Argentinian, b. 1943), 1974, mixed media on printed map. Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York

Mapa quemado/Burned Map, Horacio Zabala (Argentinian, b. 1943), 1974, mixed media on printed map. Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York

“Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century” was conceived by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, chief curator at MOLAA, and organized by MOLAA in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute, and with funding support from the Getty Foundation. This is part one of a two-part symposium; part two takes place at the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru on November 2, 3, and 4, 2011.

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      #ProvenancePeek: June 30

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This portrait of actress Antonia Zárate by Goya is now part of the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The records of famed art dealer M. Knoedler & Co. at the Getty Research Institute reveal its recent provenance: the painting was sold by Knoedler on June 30, 1910, to financier Otto Beit. Part of his collection, including this painting, was later donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. To this day the Gallery showcases some of its greatest masterpieces in the Beit Wing. This spread from a digitized Knoedler stock book records the transaction (second entry from top).

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art. He sold European paintings to collectors (such as Henry Clay Frick, the Vanderbilts, and Andrew Mellon) whose collections formed the genesis of great museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Huntington, and more. Knoedler’s stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate, ca. 1805–06, José de Goya y Lucientes. Beit Collection, National Gallery of Ireland. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland.


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