Re/Collecting the Andes: Andean Art, Science, and the Sacred at Penn State

September 14 - December 8, 2024

Re/Collecting the Andes tells the story of more than 10,000 years of agricultural, cultural, intellectual, and religious innovation in the Andes region of South America. It also narrates how the Incas and their surviving Andean subjects reclaimed that legacy after Spain's invasion, through museums, science, and art. This exhibition draws on the pre-Hispanic and modern Andean collections of Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art, Matson Museum of Anthropology, and Eberly Special Collections and explores the fraught ethics of collecting and displaying the cultural artifacts of colonized groups. These rich Andean holdings are placed in dialogue with the art of two contemporary Peruvian artists, Fernando "Coco" Bedoya and Kukuli Velarde, to show the lasting impact of the Incas, their ancestors, and their heirs upon culture today.


Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art with faculty collaborators Dr. Christopher Heaney, assistant professor of Latin American history, Dr. Amara Solari, professor of art history and anthropology, and Fall 2022 Students of ARTH/HIST 497.