Public, National, Universal: The Formative Years of Argentine Museums, 1810-1860

Public, National, Universal: The Formative Years of Argentine Museums, 1810-1860
Date
30 January 2020, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Professor Irina Podgorny (Museo de la Plata and CONICET)

The formation of national museums and collections in post-independence Latin America reflected bureaucratic practices and spaces of sociability developed during the reformist, Bourbon period of the late eighteenth century. This paper reflects on how objects, practices, concepts, and categories were re-signified to respond to national, regional and local interests.   Tensions posed not only by ideological horizons, but also local possibilities meant that some museums attempted to encompass and represent ‘everything.’  By tackling the early ‘trial years’ of the Argentine case, this paper focuses on how the term ‘museum’ was used and how its scope was envisioned and realized.

Contact

Olga Jimenez
olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8871