December 22, 2010

Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera

New exhibit at Arizona State Museum explores Mexico's diverse cultural heritage

mexicos-617-347 Horse armor from Spanish Colonial period

Michael M. Brescia is Associate Curator of Ethnohistory at the Arizona State Museum and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona's Department of History. He's also the lead curator of ASM's exhibit entitled Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera. In this video he guides the viewer through the expansive exhibit, and offers some insight into the way the exhibit is structured.

Information Provided from the Arizona State Museum: This exhibition interprets the broad sweep of Mexican history from the perspective of the borderlands—a vast, contested space that was the outer rim of Mesoamerica in the Pre-Columbian period and later evolved into the northern frontier of Spanish-Indian relations following the conquest of Mexico. The establishment of the international border between the United States and Mexico in the mid-nineteenth century set the stage for a new set of cross-cultural contacts and commercial exchanges. The debates currently raging over immigration by no means diminish these relationships. In so many ways, the history of Arizona reflects the history of Mexico.

Enjoy hundreds of objects and artwork that illustrate the varied Mexican histories, including a Maya ritual corn vessel, Spanish colonial retablos, Santa Anna's sword and uniform, Maximilian's ring and Carlota's brooch, and a sombrero that may well have belonged to Pancho Villa.

The exhibit highlights four distinct eras begining with Pre-Columbian period, and ending with modern times. (VIDEO: AZPM)
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