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New Mexico's Cuarto Centenario: History in Visual Dialogue


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New Mexico's Cuarto Centenario: History in Visual Dialogue

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Title: New Mexico's Cuarto Centenario: History in Visual Dialogue
Author: Fields, Alison
Subject: trauma studies
historical memory
public art
New Mexico history
Native American art
Abstract: Out of the aftermath of the New Mexico Cuarto Centenario (the four hundredth anniversary of the Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate’s 1598 settlement in present-day New Mexico) came a pledge to create a memorial for the conquistador. The memorial was envisioned as a tri-cultural endeavor, with Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera, Betty Sabo, and Nora Naranjo-Morse collaborating. Because of his complex legacy, the three artists could not agree on how to represent Oñate. Rivera and Sabo ultimately crafted a series of bronze statues of Oñate and his entourage titled “La Jornada,” while Naranjo-Morse created an earthwork titled “Numbe Whageh.” These two approaches give physical form to a contested history, and present very different modes of remembering New Mexico’s colonial past.
Date: 2011
Publisher: University California Press
Citation: The Public Historian, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Winter 2011), pp. 44-72
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/15426
ISSN: 0272-3433

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