Most peoples living in Spanish America perceived and shaped their visual culture through objects and spaces they encountered every day. Today, these daily spheres are among the least known parts of colonial history. This unit focuses upon the largely overlooked objects and performances of daily life, expressed in a coffee pot, a garden, a house, a chair, a city plan, a dress, a rosary. Of particular importance are the ways architecture and objects created and reinforced gender roles and social identities.

Coffee Pot, ca. 1780. Miguel Guerra. IFAC-MOIFA, Santa Fe