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Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO 80204-2788)
Victoria I. Lyall (Project Director: August 2019 to present)

Exhibitions: Implementation
Public Programs

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$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 4/30/2023

Malinche as Metaphor Traveling Exhibition

Implementation of an exhibition on the 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), in collaboration with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, will present a traveling exhibition, Malinche as Metaphor, including public programs, publication, and a symposium. Co-curated by the DAM’s curator of pre-Columbian art Victoria Lyall, Ph.D., chief curator of the Fowler Museum Matthew H. Robb, Ph.D., and independent scholar Terezita Romo, this interdisciplinary exhibition will debut at the DAM from November 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021, then travel to the Fowler Museum from April 4, 2021 to July 25, 2021. Malinche as Metaphor is the first comprehensive exploration of the historical and cultural legacy of an indigenous woman at the heart of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico (1519–1521). Through historical and legal documents, scholarly and literary impressions, visual culture, and multi-media content, this exhibition traces Malinche’s continuing and contested legacy as a participant in the events of the Conquest.