Another example of the convergence of culture as a consequence of Spanish Colonialism with pre-Columbian art, the art displayed in the case mimics an exhibit space in the pre-Columbian portion of the exhibit, showing textiles, ceramics, and sculpture
A portion of the Latin American Art exhibit, this portion showcased Popular Art that could be found in contemporary Latin America. See how the pre-Columbian motifs morphed after Spanish Colonialism, especially with regard to religious items.
Carleton Calkin, the director immediately following Earle Newton's dismissal took over the Pan American Center some time in 1970. In this picture he stands in front of a portion of the pre-Columbian exhibit, pointing to a ceramic vessel.
Earle Newton was the first director/ curator of the Pan American Center and oversaw its construction. He played a key role in acquiring a large number of items for the exhibits during his time as curator from 1965 to around 1970.
Ascending the building's exterior stairway the visitor first enters the completely refurbished wet gallery, housing religious and secular paintings, sculpture, and furniture from the Spanish Colonial era.
Crowds gather for the Pan American Center Dedication Ceremony, coinciding with Pan American Day, a day established by the Organization of American States to commemorate Pan American relations. Present were various foreign dignitaries.