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Insurgent Imaginaries: Visualizing Rebellion in the Eighteenth-Century Andes
September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture
Thursday September 30, 6 pm, reception following
Speaker: Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Associate Professor of History of Art, Cornell University
This talk explores a diverse array of visual and material culture deployed in the forging of an anticolonial consciousness in the eighteenth-century Andes. Conversely, it also explores artistic patronage and production in the repressive post-rebellion era, looking specifically at how visual culture sought to erase and reconfigure social memory of these upheavals in their aftermath. Through interdisciplinary investigation that brings into conversation select works of art with the vast legal paper trail left behind by the age of rebellions, this talk offers new perspectives on the ways historical actors harnessed the visual world as an agent of political transformation.