Colonial Crossings: Art, Identity, and Belief in the Spanish Americas

   July 20 - December 17, 2024
   Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

Unidentified artist, Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá with Female Donor, Late 17th-early 18th century, Oil and gold on canvas, Photo by Jamie Stukenberg, Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

Artists Included:
Art of the Spanish Americas

This exhibition offers a dazzling introduction to the cultural complexity and myriad themes of colonial Latin American art made between approximately 1600 and 1850, situating visual culture at the dynamic crossroads of economic trade, religious conversion, and political transformation. The first exhibition of colonial Latin American art at Cornell, Colonial Crossings is conceived to bring the artistic traditions of Latin America to a broad viewership.

The exhibition is centered around the loan of twenty-four pictures from the Thoma Foundation collection, whose strengths in the Andes and the Hispanophone Caribbean will be supplemented with institutional and other loans of colonial artworks in various media from Mexico, Central America, and the US Southwest, to enable a wide-ranging picture of the arts of the Spanish Americas.