POSTPONED—Collecting with a Purpose: Pareja, Schomburg, and Rethinking the Future

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

2–3 pm

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This program has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please check the related events listed on the Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter exhibition page for further updates.

Ariana Curtis, Curator of Latinx Studies, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
David Pullins, Associate Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Met 
E. Carmen Ramos, Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer, National Gallery of Art

How can institutional collecting strategies radically rewrite history? 

Juan de Pareja was a seventeenth-century Afro-Hispanic painter largely known today as the subject of The Met’s iconic portrait by Diego Velázquez. Pareja was enslaved in Velázquez’s studio for over two decades before becoming an artist in his own right. Collector and scholar Arturo Schomburg was vital to the recovery of the work of Juan de Pareja. Through his collecting and archiving, Schomburg wove the artist’s story into the scholarly and artistic culture of the Harlem Renaissance. Join scholars to explore how institutions have rewritten or failed to rewrite history through their collecting strategies and the assembly of objects that reshape the canon. 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter.

Free with Museum admission, though advance registration is required. Please note: Space is limited; first come, first served. 

Masks are strongly recommended. See our visitor guidelines.

 Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Image: Juan de Pareja (Spanish, ca. 1606–1670). The Calling of Saint Matthew, 1661. Oil on canvas, 88 1/2 in. x 10 ft. 8 in. (225 x 325 cm). Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P001041). Photo: © Photographic Archive Museo Nacional del Prado



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