During my first year as a PhD student at the University of New Mexico in 2007, I learned that the Mexican government was trying to eliminate colonial history from state-published educational books. Since the year 2000 the Secretaría de Educación Publica (SEP), aided by right-wing sectors of the political system, has been attempting to erase portions of Mexican history from elementary and secondary school curricula, and during the sexenio (six-year presidential term, from 2000 to 2006) of Vicente Fox, it aimed to exclude colonial history from public schools completely.1 In 2009 the SEP succeeded in deleting colonial history from first- and second-grade curricula. And in 2016, under the administration of...
Spanish Colonial Art History and the Work of Empire
Emmanuel Ortega—is a curator, podcaster, and visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ortega has lectured nationally and internationally on images of autos-de-fé and nineteenth-century Mexican landscapes. He contributed the chapter “Hagiographical Misery and the Liminal Witness: Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits and the Politics of Imperial Expansion” to the edited volume Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas (Brill, 2018).
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Emmanuel Ortega; Spanish Colonial Art History and the Work of Empire. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 3 July 2019; 1 (3): 83–86. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.130006c
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