Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Lawrence Hall, Room 241
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR
The Department of the History of Art and Architecture invites you to join us for our 2018-2019 faculty research colloquium series.
Assistant Professor Derek Burdette presents:
“Miraculous Materiality: The Señor de Ixmiquilpan and the Meaning of Cornstalk Crucifixes in Colonial Mexico”
In recent years, both the growing interest in cross-cultural exchange and the material turn in the humanities have led scholars to turn their attention to the objects that mediated European colonization during the early modern period. Ivory salt-cellars from West Africa, export porcelain from China, and intricate featherwork from New Spain have all been employed as touchstones for understanding imperial politics during the so-called “age of exploration.” These same interests have recently raised the profile of another corpus of imagery from the period: the cristos de caña de maíz, or cornstalk images of Christ, produced in sixteenth-century Mexico. In this talk I will focus on a single cornstalk statue, a miraculous crucifix known as the Señor de Ixmiquilpan, to explore the significance of its American materiality. I will contrast modern readings of the sculpture, which frames it as proof of indigenous cultural agency, with colonial sources that describe the artwork as a Spanish import made from European, rather than American, stuff. The statue’s material, I argue, meant very different things to different people.
Wednesday, November 14
5:00-6:00 p.m. | 241 Lawrence Hall