Our departmental colleague Roger L. Martinez, currently on research leave and working at a university in Madrid on a grant funded by the European Union, is one of the co-curators of a new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities, now on display at the museum until the end of the year. The exhibit comes with a stunningly beautiful catalogue/book, featuring essays by major scholars in the field. And go here for a wonderful slide show of photographs from the exhibit.
Here’s an article about the exhibit to tell you much more. A brief excerpt below, and click on the link for the entire piece:
“It is interesting to note that, during the fifteenth century, the hate, envy, and hostility toward Jews were transferred to the conversos,” Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano writes in “Assault and Fragmentation: Emergent Identities from 1391 to 1492,” the second essay in the bilingual exhibition catalog that accompanies Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities, opening at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, May 22. “This hostility was justified by a widespread suspicion held by the majority. Conversos were accused of being, in fact, false Christians by secretly maintaining the Jewish faith and practices. It was repeatedly said that if they had converted, it was to enrich themselves and gain power.”
Fractured Faiths, which follows conversos to modern-day Northern New Mexico, is curated by Josef B. Díaz, curator of Southwest and Mexican colonial art and history collections at the museum, and Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, a CONEX Marie Curie Fellow at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid and assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The exhibition, which includes historical documents and panels, synagogue tiles, arts, crafts, and documentary photography, is divided into three parts: “Hispania, Al-Andalus, Sepharad, España Pre-History to 1600”; “New World, New Woes, New Worries 1500-1800”; and “At Home at ‘The End of the Earth’ 1800 to the Present.” The catalog offers readers six in-depth essays on the history of Sephardic Jews and the Spanish Inquisition in Europe and the Americas.