Learn About the Origins of Museums Across Latin America

On May 11 and 12, the Getty Center is hosting a symposium on the beginnings of art, archaeology, and ethnography museums in Latin America.

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (photo by Rodrigo Soldon, via Flickr)

When the Getty’s ambitious Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative begins this fall, venues throughout Southern California will be opening exhibitions showcasing work by a diverse range of artists from throughout Latin America, as well as by Latinx artists in the US. This Thursday and Friday, the Getty is hosting a symposium on “The Birth of the Museum in Latin America,” focusing on the establishment of art, archaeology, and ethnography institutions in several Latin American countries. In some cases, these spaces were founded during independence movements that sought to establish new cultural identities outside of European hegemonies, whereas others grew out of private collections, as in the US.

Panelists include scholars from the Getty, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as representatives from institutions in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Panamá. Attendance is free, but each day must be registered for separately.

When: Thursday, May 11 & Friday, May 12, 10am–4pm daily (free, advanced tickets required)
Where: Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)

More info here and here.

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