I'm Headed to the Press Preview for the Peru Show at SAM
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM
MUSEO PEDRO DE OSMA, LIMA, PHOTO BY JOAQUÍN RUBIO
Anonymous, Cuzco School, Virgen Niña Hilando (Young Virgin Spinning), second third of the 18th century, oil on canvas and gold leaf.
Earlier this year, ArtNews editor Robin Cembalest wrote that the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts's big Peru exhibition—a version of it opening Thursday at Seattle Art Museum—was not your father's Peru exhibition.
Lately—reversing centuries of discrimination—the art made after the Spanish conquest has been edging out pre-Columbian on exhibition schedules. The Philadelphia Museum just opened “Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection.” The Brooklyn Museum is planning a show exploring ways that New World colonial society used art objects to help create a notion of home. And this May, the Denver Museum will include a selection of Spanish Colonial paintings depicting Native textiles in its museum-wide “Spun” extravaganza. “Fashion Fusion” features some bizarre combinations of cross-cultural pollination...
The Montreal exhibition defines Peruvian identity by tracking symbols and myths that emerged hundreds of years before the Spaniards arrived—how they were manifested in pre-Columbian civilizations; how they persisted, submerged, in the post-Conquest era; and how they were reclaimed and reasserted in modern times.