Newberry Library Presents: The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico September...

Newberry Library Presents: The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico September 28, 2006 – January 13, 2007



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Chicago, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US Newswire)–September 21, 2006–The Newberry Library presents The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico, a free exhibition that offers a fresh perspective on the Aztecs in Colonial Mexico and their impact on the heritage and culture of Mexico, Mexicans, and Mexican-Americans.

The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico insightfully addresses the 300 years after the conquest that Aztec-Nahua colonial communities, artists, scholars, writers, landowners, and religious leaders worked, litigated, published, wrote, and interacted with Spaniards. The result was a rich cultural exchange of economic, intellectual, and artistic labor. Approximately 60 items will be on display, and will reveal some of the most spectacular illustrated sources from Colonial Mexico.

Highlights from the exhibit include:

The 1524 Map of Tenochtitlan (from Cortés’ letter to the Hapsburg Emperor Charles V, King of Spain)

Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún’s religious and historical writings in Spanish, Latin and Nahuatl

A four-generation pictorial genealogy and the pictorial wills of a 16th century indigenous family

The Codex Zempoala, an 18th century pictorial manuscript documenting indigenous village land claims

The screenfold manuscripts of contemporary Mexican-American artist Enrique Chagoya

“We want this exhibit to vividly reveal the Colonial Aztecs (the Nahua) as people of great intelligence, creativity, and perseverance whose contributions to the making of Colonial Mexico were essential,” said Ellen Baird, co-curator and professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

ABOUT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY

The Newberry Library is an independent library open to the public for research and reference in the humanities. One of the largest independent research libraries in the United States, the Newberry holds an extraordinary collection of more than 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages and 300 thousand historic maps. As one of the world’s leading repositories of a broad range of books and manuscripts relating to the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas, the Library’s mission is to acquire and preserve research collections of such materials, and to provide for and promote their effective use by a diverse community of users. Visit the Newberry online at http://www.newberry.org.

Newberry Library Presents: The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico September 28, 2006 – January 13, 2007