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Lecture Series


In conjunction with the exhibition Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters, this lecture series documents how people have crossed seas to discover other cultures, from 16th-century Aztec Mexico to the 19th-century Belgian Congo. Internationally renowned scholars Kevin Terraciano and Adam Hochschild elucidate how historic moments of cultural encounter and colonial exploitation were captured visually in books, prints, and photographs.






Woodcut map of Tenochtitlan
 

"Imagining the Conquest of Mexico"

Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

In the first part of this two-part lecture series, UCLA professor Kevin Terraciano explores how the Spanish Conquest of 16th-century Aztec Mexico was documented visually in books and prints, comparing the divergent indigenous and Spanish accounts.







 

"Object of Plunder: The Congo through the Centuries"

Adam Hochschild, University of California, Berkeley

Sunday, March 16, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

In the second part of this two-part lecture series, journalist, historian, and author of King Leopold's Ghost Adam Hochschild traces the history of the Congo as it emerges from photographs, cartoons, posters, and documents. He details the 19th-century colonial exploration and exploitation of the Congo under the infamous King Leopold II of Belgium and discusses the repercussions of his regime.






This lecture series complements the exhibition Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters, on view in the Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II at the Getty Center from December 7, 2013, to April 13, 2014.

The galleries will be open before the lectures.