Objects of Devotion/Objectos de Devocion: Latin American Visual and Material Religious Cultures in Motion

Jennifer Hughes
UC Riverside

Jennifer Najera
Ethnic Studies
UC Riverside

This multidisciplinary conference engaged historic and contemporary Latin American and Latino visual, material, and ritual cultural practice, coinciding with an exhibit of the work of Mexican-British artist, Alinka Echeverria, at the California Museum of Photography (November 1, 2014–January 24, 2015). Echeverria’s photographs explore the relationship of visual, religious, and material culture in Mexico, considering in particular the power of the Guadalupe icon. Plenary sessions included conversations with the artist and major national/international scholars. At least one session was held in Spanish for the larger public.