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

By: Garrigan, Shelley E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (241 p.).ISBN: 9780816680153.Subject(s): Cultural property -- Social aspects -- Mexico | Exhibitions -- Mexico -- History -- 19th century | Mexico -- Antiquities -- Social aspects | Mexico -- Cultural policy -- History -- 19th century | Museums -- Social aspects -- Mexico | National characteristics, MexicanGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Collecting Mexico : Museums, Monuments, and the Creation of National IdentityDDC classification: 709.72 | 972 LOC classification: F1210 .G47 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; 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; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z
Summary: 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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Cover; 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; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z

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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Garrigan (Spanish, North Carolina State Univ.) offers an eloquent tour of the reconstructing of Mexican identity from 1867 to 1891, in the aftermath of almost six decades of political and economic turmoil, internal wars, and foreign invasions. She uses extensive archival materials, from newspaper and magazines articles to government and scholarly documents, in her interpretations. Chapter 1 analyzes the divergences of local promotion, recognition, and production of art as an emergent agent of national symbolism. In chapter 2, the author examines archaeology as the new "national science," and the creation of the Museo Nacional as a place to celebrate the collective memory and develop a sense of nationalism among visitors. Garrigan studies dynamic debate among local and foreign influences in chapter 3 in the creation of the commemorative monuments erected in Mexico City designed to reinforce nationalism. Chapter 4 addresses the crossroads of the patrimony and commerce of Mexican participation at the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Finally, Garrigan scrutinizes the science of statistics as the passive tool used by the government ruling elite as the language to control the material order of society. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. A. Santillan Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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