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Unless otherwise indicated, lectures are free for students with ID and Alianza members, $5.00 for Denver Art Museum members, and $10.00 for others.

Also please visit the Frederick & Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, which is dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting scholarship in these fields.

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Lecture: Spanish Ceramic Artistry: 16th - 18th Century Mayolica from Talavera de la Reina
Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building
Barry Krzywicki

Talavera de la Reina was one of Spain’s most important centers of mayolica production. After the Reconquest, influences from Flanders and Italy helped shape the future of pottery and tile motifs. Today the splendid images which emerged from Talavera’s kilns grace churches, convents, hospitals and vessels destined for nobility. Contracts and guild regulations provide fascinating insight into the culture in which the potters lived and worked. Their traditions and artistry continue today as potters and decorators faithfully reproduce historically significant pieces.


Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the core exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, is divided into six sections. Five represent chronological periods from the pre-colonial era to the present. The sixth offers a panorama of New Mexico today, presented primarily through the voices and stories of its people. As the section titles imply, each is set apart by time frames and contrasting views from first-person accounts of the people who lived during the different periods.

The exhibition includes one Mayer casta painting.

Current—Long Term Exhibition
New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe

El Vuelo de las Imágenes: Arte Plumario de México y Europa, 1300-1700
(The Flight of Images: Featherworks in Mexico and Europe, 1300-1700)

The curators hope that this landmark exhibition of feather art will stimulate interest in the little-known art form. The show will be the first to focus on Mexican feather mosaics—images composed of tiny bits of feathers—created by native craftsmen in the 16th and 17th centuries. About 120 feather mosaics will be accompanied by related Pre-Columbian and European works in an exploration of feather imagery common to the New and Old Worlds.

The exhibition includes one Denver Art Museum painting (St. MIchael and the Bull) and three Mayer paintings.

Opening Fall 2010
National Museum of Art (MUNAL), Mexico City

Pintura de los Reinos: Identidades Compartidas
(Painting of the Realms: Shared Identities)

This exhibition is the culmination of a research project that began in 2000 and included seminars attended by prominent Spanish-American specialists and the publication of two anthologies of texts and documents on Spanish Colonial painting. The focus of this project is an investigation into the painting that was produced in the different kingdoms that shaped the Spanish Crown between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, and an identification of the characteristics of a common cultural tradition and the pictorial particularities of the distinct territories of this artistic geography.

The exhibition includes five Mayer / Denver Art Museum paintings; the exhibition catalog includes an essay by Michael Brown, Mayer Center Fellow.

Opening Fall 2010
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Opening Spring 2011
Palacio de Cultura Banamex, Mexico City

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World

Contested Visions offers a comparative view of the two principal viceroyalties of Spanish America: Mexico and Peru. Spanning the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, the exhibition addresses two distinct, though deeply interrelated, subjects: (1) the continuation of pre-Conquest forms and styles in the colonial period; and (2) the multiple contexts in which indigenous peoples are represented in the colonial period—by colonial artists, European artists, and themselves. By bringing together an exceptional group of works in different media ranging from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the exhibition will greatly enrich visitors’ understanding of the encounter of cultures, and how vision and power intersect in the colonial world. Through a selection of approximately 250 works (paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, maps, codices, manuscripts, and other materials such as textiles, keros, and feather works), and a fully illustrated catalogue written by an international team of distinguished scholars, Contested Visions will explore the different meanings and contexts that featured depictions of the native population of the Americas.

The exhibition includes twenty-two Denver Art Museum pieces: four Pre-Columbian and eighteen Spanish Colonial.

August 21 through November 13, 2011
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Alianza is a support group of the New World department of the Denver Art Museum.
For further information, send email to Alianza.

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