Subseries . "Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820." September 20, 2006-December 31, 2006


Scope and Content Note

"Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820," was a magnificent exhibition of 250 works of art created in what is today the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The pieces on display were from both public and private collections and were made from various mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and silver. Also exhibited were maps and manuscripts. The exhibition was curated by Joseph Rishel, who led an international team of scholars and researchers involved in the planning and preparation for the exhibit. After its run at the PMA, the exhibit then went on to Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City, followed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Rishel was noted as saying "this exhibition is the first to disregard the boundaries created in the early nineteenth century during the birth of independent nation states in Latin America. It is a major reappraisal and gives our visitors an opportunity to make fresh discoveries among a dazzling array of remarkable works of art." The records contain loan files, administrative files, canceled loan files, planning and exhibition records, and the files of Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt. The bulk of the material is from 2002 to 2006.