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Joint Field Study Trip: Mexico Colonial and Postcolonial

November 29 – December 8, 2014


The Joint Field Study Trip to Mexico, especially to  Oaxaca, Acolman, Teotihuacan, Mexico  D.F., Huejotzingo, and Puebla, will discuss the larger Latin American context of the baroque and neo-baroque. New Spain was the first largest colonial setting of the Spanish Empire. Various cultural settings were first tested here. According to Serge Gruzinski, Mexico City was one of the first multicultural cities of the Western Hemisphere. The construction of a historical baroque had a crucial role in establishing new artistic means of production, circulation, and reception. The concept of a transhistorical neo-baroque is also connected to the appropriation of the baroque by modern and contemporary Mexican art. Students from UZH and Unifesp will discuss these constructions of the baroque as well as the appropriations of the neo-baroque and thus question their own preconceptions and perspectives, Brazilian or Swiss, on a seemingly universal history of style. Meetings with local students of the partner universities, especially from the Universidad Nacional de Mexico (UNAM), will help to establish mid- and long-term relations amongst students and professors.

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Weiterführende Informationen

Codex Mendoza

Codex Mendoza, pt. I, fol 002r (early 1540s)