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Jennifer Jolly, Art History and Latin American Studies, to present at Cornell University's Latin American Studies Program
Contributed by Jonathan Ablard on 11/15/2013
Dr. Jolly will present "Creating Lo Tipico Patczcuaro in 1930s Mexico" to the Cornell University Latin American Studies Program. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Ithaca College Latin American Studies program. The talk will be held in Uris 202 at 12:15 on the Cornell campus.
Dr. Jolly will address the recreation of the city of Pátzcuaro as a historical monument and tourist destination. Here, Jolly argues that the creation of lo típico, or "typical," Pátzcuaro - a concept implying the conservative presentation of the old city - was in fact the creation of modern Pátzcuaro, as it served as a transformation: the city markets and its religious structures. Efforts to modernize the city markets and their picturesque market women, both central to the growing tourist economy in the region. Meanwhile, in this period following the Cristeros' violent rebellion against state efforts to close churches and curtail religious church aesthetics, but not function, was highly contentious. However in this fraught climate, lo típico also provided the visual and verbal rhetoric for a range of citizen agency, as locals learned to navigate state and municipal attempts to control and regulate the spaces of everyday life.