The 2018 Lozano Long Conference

Create, Consume, Collect:
The Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts

Feb. 21–22, 2018
The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Feb. 23, 2018
LLILAS BENSON Latin American Studies and Collections
The University of Texas at Austin
SRH 1.208

In the aftermath of the Spanish conquest of the “New World” in the early sixteenth century, complex cultural negotiations developed among the indigenous populations living in the area and the Spaniards they encountered. Artifacts of all kinds, produced during three centuries of colonial domination, are silent but powerful witnesses to such negotiations and exchanges, embracing in their materiality the social relationships that allowed for their existence.

How does the analysis of material culture inform our understanding of social interactions? How do we understand the relationships that people from different backgrounds have with Spanish American artifacts today when they are perceived as “cultural heritage”? What are the ethical components of studying, preserving, collecting, and exhibiting material culture of the period? Why does the colonial past matter, and how could it help us shape the future?

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference,Create, Consume, Collect: Past and Modern Lives of Spanish American Artifacts,” will provide a forum to reflect on these questions. Scholars from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, and the United States will explore methodological questions generated by the interdisciplinary approaches to material culture such as art historical interpretation, anthropological inquiry, and conservation analysis. We will reflect on the meanings and original contexts of the manufacture of artifacts such as books, textiles, furniture, paintings, pottery, and buildings. We will also interrogate their social lives in the present and their future roles in community relations.

The annual Lozano Long Conference is organized by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. This year’s theme has been inspired by the recent long-term loan of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma collection of Andean Colonial art to the Blanton Museum of Art. It will be co-sponsored by the Blanton, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts.


Banner art: Unknown artist, Tres esculturas del Niño Jesús con donantes indígenas [Christ Child in Three Guises with Indigenous Donors], Cuzco, Peru, 1835, Oil on panel, Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma

Diego Quispe Tito (Cuzco, Peru, 1611–1681), La casa en Nazaret [The House at Nazareth], Cuzco, Peru, late 17th century, Oil on copper, Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma

Image courtesy of the Thoma Collection