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Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO 80204-2788)
Victoria I. Lyall (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Malinche as Metaphor Exhibition Planning

Planning of an exhibition on the historical and cultural legacy of Malinche (died, 1529), an indigenous Mexican Gulf Coast woman who was the explorer Hernando Cortés’ translator, cultural interpreter, and mistress during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire (1519–21).

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) requests a planning grant of $60,000 for Malinche as Metaphor, a traveling exhibition co-organized with the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Malinche as Metaphor examines the historical and cultural legacy of Malinche’s role in the events of the conquest of the Aztec empire, and the ways her image has been interpreted and appropriated through the centuries. Exhibition themes explore her role as an indigenous woman in the sixteenth century, interpreter and translator, national traitor, symbolic mother of a mixed race, and figure for the Chicano movement. This multi-media exhibition will be presented at three US venues, with an array of public programs and fully-illustrated catalog, all presented in English and Spanish, and informed by multi-disciplinary panels comprising humanities scholars, artists, authors, and theorists. Planning entails essential research, curatorial and advisory convenings, and up to three visitor focus groups.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Latin American Studies; Latino History

Exhibitions: Planning

Public Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019