Committee for the Study of Books & Media | "The Codex Mendoza and the Study of Mexican Indigenous Manuscripts as Books and Media"

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

"The Codex Mendoza and the Study of Mexican Indigenous Manuscripts as Books and Media"

Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California

This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, visit:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique link to join the meeting. If there is a pre-circulated paper, it will be distributed to those who registered approximately one-week prior to the workshop.

Prof. Bleichmar will be talking about her research on the Codex Mendoza, an early-colonial Mexican manuscript co-produced by indigenous and Spanish makers, which examines the creation, circulation, and interpretation of the document over three centuries.'

Daniela Bleichmar is Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California. She is the founding director of the Levan Institute for the Humanities and the director of the USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities. 

Professor Bleichmar grew up in Argentina and Mexico before immigrating to the U.S. She studied at Harvard University (BA, 1996) and Princeton University (PhD, 2005).
Her research and teaching address the histories of art and science in colonial Latin America and early modern Europe, focusing particularly on the histories of knowledge production; cultural contact and exchange; museums, collecting and display; and books and prints.

Her book Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American from Columbus to Darwin (Yale University Press, 2017) explores the intertwined histories of art and science, the Americas and Europe from 1492 to 1859. Visual Voyages shows that images of the natural world were not only works of art but also instruments for the production of knowledge, with scientific, social, and political repercussions. The book received the Alice Award (2018).

Professor Bleichmar is also the author of Visible Empire. Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2012; Spanish translation: El imperio visible: Expediciones botánicas y cultura visual en la Ilustración hispánica, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2016). 

She is currently working on two research projects: The Itinerant Lives of Painted Books: Mexican Codices and Transatlantic Knowledge in the Early Modern World and The Museum of Difficult Objects.

Jin-Woo Choi
Area of Interest
Art History
Book History
Latin America and the Caribbean
Scholarly Series
Committee for the Study of Books and Media