Andrew Connors

Latin American Baroque in Music, Art, and Architecture

Andrew Connors, Albuquerque Museum
December 11, 2016

Baroque found its most flamboyant expression in the music, art, and architecture of the 16th – 18th century Latin America. Andrew Connors will take us on the most fascinating tour of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. He will briefly introduce the basic characteristics of European baroque music, art, and architecture. Connors will also play recorded selections of recently rediscovered music from the 17th and 18th century cathedrals and missions of Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru.  Although on a greatly reduced scale, and complexity of conception, many of these same aesthetic characteristics can be found in the Spanish colonial religious art and architecture of Arizona, and New Mexico.

Andrew Connors is Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum.  Previously he served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Albuquerque Academy, as Senior Curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and as Associate Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where he developed collections and exhibitions on Hispanic, Latino, Native American, and Folk Art.  He studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University and pursued his PhD in Folklore and American Studies at George Washington University.  He has curated dozens of exhibitions primarily in the areas of United States Latino Art, Colonial Art from Puerto Rico, Contemporary art, and Graffiti.  He is currently working on an exhibition and book on the history of jewelry in New Mexico from prehistory to the present, the first exhibition in a series of medium-focused historical survey exhibitions on New Mexican art which will include ceramics, and textiles.  As a lecturer, guest teacher, or consultant, he has worked with numerous organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs, Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Chicano Studies Department at the University of California Los Angeles, Getty Center for Education in the Arts, and the Royal Government of Bhutan.

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