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Collecting Mexico: Museums, Monuments, and the Creation of National Identity

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Collecting Mexico centers on the ways in which aesthetics and commercialism intersected in officially sanctioned public collections and displays in late nineteenth-century Mexico. Shelley E. Garrigan approaches questions of origin, citizenry, membership, and difference by reconstructing the lineage of institutionally collected objects around which a modern Mexican identity was negotiated. In doing so, she arrives at a deeper understanding of the ways in which displayed objects become linked with nationalistic meaning and why they exert such persuasive force.

Spanning the Porfiriato period from 1867 to 1910, Collecting Mexico illuminates the creation and institutionalization of a Mexican cultural inheritance. Employing a wide range of examples—including the erection of public monuments, the culture of fine arts, and the representation of Mexico at the Paris World’s Fair of 1889—Garrigan pursues two strands of thought that weave together in surprising ways: national heritage as a transcendental value and patrimony as potential commercial interest.

Collecting Mexico shows that the patterns of institutional collecting reveal how Mexican public collections engendered social meaning. Using extensive archival materials, Garrigan’s close readings of the processes of collection building offer a new vantage point for viewing larger issues of identity, social position, and cultural/capital exchange.

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Considers how public collections on display form powerful ideas of nationalism

About the Author

Shelley E. Garrigan is assistant professor of Spanish at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1. Fine Art and Demand: Debating the Mexican National Canon (1876–1910)

2. Our Archaeology: Science, Citizenry, Patrimony, and the Museum

3. The Hidden Lives of Historical Monuments: Commerce, Fashion, and Memorial

4. Collections at the World’s Fair: Rereading Mexico in Paris, 1889

5. Collecting Numbers: Statistics and the Constructive Force of Deficiency

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816670932
Author:
Garrigan, Shelley E.
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museum Studies
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Hispanic American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

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