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Artifice and Invention: Displaying Art of the Spanish Americas

A portrait of a light-skinned woman with dark hair, wearing a highly decorative dress and sumptuous jewelry.
Unidentified artist, Spanish Colonial, Francisca Bárbara Vázquez de Acuña, Menaco Sosa, Zorrilla de la Gándara, León y Mendoza, Román de Aulestia, y Cedreros, Gómez Boquete y Montealegre, Countess de la Vega del Ren, late 1770s or 1780s. Oil on canvas. Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma, TL42430.20. Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation. Photo: Jamie Stukenberg.


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires a reservation; see further details below.

Join us to hear Rosario I. Granados, associate curator of art of the Spanish Americas at the Blanton Museum of Art, deliver her lecture “Artifice and Invention: Displaying Art of the Spanish Americas.”

This lecture is presented in conjunction with our latest special exhibition, De los Andes al Caribe: El arte americano desde el imperio español/From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire, on view through July 30, 2023.

Before the lecture, please join us in the Calderwood Courtyard for a performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus. The group harnesses the power of music to connect the city of Boston’s diverse communities, cultivate empathy, and inspire social inquiry. The concert will include various pieces, some of which are inspired by the exhibition.

Rosario I. Granados, Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Free admission, but seating is limited, and reservations for the lecture are required. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form, beginning Monday, April 3, after 10am.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Lecture seating will begin at 5:30pm. The performance will take place from 5:15 to 5:45pm in the Calderwood Courtyard, Level 1. All galleries on Level 3, including the Special Exhibition Gallery featuring From the Andes to the Caribbean, will be open until 6pm.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

See the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

Loans and exhibition coordination for the From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire exhibition courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Alexander S., Robert L., and Bruce A. Beal Exhibition Fund; and the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund.

The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.


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