Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Eleanor Laughlin presents, "'Maximiliano (Charro)' and 'Maximiliano muerto': The Democratization of the Emperor's Image during the French Intervention in Mexico (1862-67)," on Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Herzstein Latin American Reading Room, second floor of Zimmerman Library. A reception follows the presentation.
Laughlin's presentation examines two photographic representations of Maximilian von Habsburg produced and distributed widely as calling cards (cates-de-visite, or tarjetas de visita) during and after the French Intervention in Mexico (1862-67). In examining the tarjetas-de-visita, Laughlin considers several contexts from both sides of the conflict - the French and the Mexican. These contexts include portraiture, photos of social 'types,' post-mortem imagery, French war photography, and mourning practices, all of which evidence the way cultural norms and practices of the general population influenced the image of the emperor.
Laughlin is a doctoral candidate in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She was awarded the Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar travel grant to research UNM's unique primary resources available in the Maximilian-French Intervention Archive, and in particular the cates-de-visite collections in the Southwest Center for Research.
This grant is funded by a generous gift to the LAII from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf.