This exhibit celebrates the opening of Mexican novelist María Luisa Puga’s archives by showcasing highlights from the collection. Puga was a highly disciplined diarist and created personal journals, or cuadernos, to not only chronicle her daily life and activities, but also to developed her literary work. In capturing her dazzling approach to organization and extensive doodling habits, these diaries manifest the author’s own consciousness and provide a written record of feelings, friendships, and encounters—life’s most ephemeral moments, made permanent.
The exhibition focuses on three distinct moments when maps played an integral role in the transformation of Mexico and its political geography. In the sixteenth century, early colonial pictographic maps drawn by indigenous artists reflect the growth of Spanish colonial administration. In the eighteenth century, new maps of Mexico’s principal cities serve as both representations and instruments of the viceregal government’s efforts to re-order and regulate Mexican social life and public spaces. In the nineteenth century, maps are central to the military struggle for independence and the defense of contested national borders.
The exhibition highlights embroidered testimonies made by Salvadoran women exiled in the refugee camps of Honduras during the Salvadoran Civil War.