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

Shelley E. Garrigan


This book centers on the ways in which aesthetics and commercialism intersected in officially sanctioned public collections and displays in late nineteenth-century Mexico. The book 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, it 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, the t ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, commercialism, public collections, nineteenth-century Mexico, modern Mexican identity, Porfiriato period, Mexican cultural inheritance, fine arts, Paris World’s Fair

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670925
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shelley E. Garrigan, author
Assistant Professor, Spanish, North Carolina State University