Curator's Choice: Project 1521 and the Florentine Codex

Thu 11/19 • 5PM - 6PM PST

Online Program - RSVP to receive Zoom link to join as the date nears.

Presented by the Fowler Museum at UCLA in partnership with the Getty Research Institute

The approaching 500-year anniversary of the conquest of Mexico offers many lessons for us today. A vital document of that cataclysmic era is The General History of the Things of New Spain—aka the Florentine Codex—a massive, 2,000-page guide to Aztec life in the 16th century. Created by Nahua scholars and artists in the wake of the Spanish invasion, it was completed during a devastating epidemic caused by the viruses introduced to the region by the Conquistadors. Project 1521—a collaboration between artist Sandy Rodriguez and writer Adolfo Guzman-Lopez—was inspired by Indigenous perspectives on the Spanish invasion. The project brings together artists, writers, and scholars to generate visual and literary works as acts of resistance.

Join panelists for live readings of these works and hear their reflections on the continued relevance of the encyclopedic record of Indigenous knowledge contained in the Florentine Codex.

Panelists will include artist Sandy Rodriguez; writer and KPCC/LAIST reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez; Kevin Terraciano, Professor of History, Director of the Latin American Institute, and co-chair of Latin American Studies Graduate Program at UCLA; Diana Magaloni Kerpel, LACMA’s Deputy Director, Program Director & Dr. Virginia Fields Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas, and Suzanne D. Booth and David G. Booth Conservation Center Director; Kim Richter, Senior Research Specialist, Director’s Office, Getty Research Institute; Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at University at Albany—State University of New York, Associate Instructor and Nahuatl Instructor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah, and Associate Instructor at Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ AC).

Conversation will be moderated by Matthew H. Robb, Chief Curator, Fowler Museum at UCLA.

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