A Free First Friday Gallery Talk

Flavored with Chocolate: A Spanish Colonial Tradition



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Admission: Free

Event Description

“He bowed three times, kneeling each time. … I came out, received him
and embraced him. … I ordered him to enter my tent, greeting him kindly
with warm words and chocolate, which he drank.”
—Diego de Vargas describing a meeting with Luis Picurí, a Pueblo leader, 1692

Josef Díaz, curator of Southwest and Mexican Colonial Art and History Collections, leads an intimate gallery discussion of the chocolate accoutrements on display in Telling New Mexico:Stories from Then and Now. “Flavored with Chocolate: A Spanish Colonial Tradition” is a casual, 30-minute presentation at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 7. (The museum is open for free from 5–8 pm on first Fridays, November through April.)

Spanish colonists discovered chocolate in the Americas and it soon became such a delicacy that it grew into a means of diplomacy and negotiation. In Telling New Mexico’s depiction of the Reconquest, various chocolate accoutrements are on display, including one of the large ceramic jars that colonial families used to store the precious substance.

How do these items fit into the broader Spanish Colonial world? How was a new-world delicacy quickly hybridized between Spanish and Native cultures? Learn the answers and more—and get a taste of chocolate—during Díaz’s gallery talk.