Friday, October 5 at 7:00pm
Beverley Spears, author of Early Churches of Mexico: An Architect’s View (UNM, $45).
Award-winning architect Beverley Spears documents more than 120 remarkable sixteenth-century mission churches and monasteries founded in the wake of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Many subjects of Spears’ photographs were constructed on the sites of ancient temples, even reusing their masonry, and crafted by indigenous artisans, uniting architecture, landscape, mural painting, and sculpture on a grand scale. In duotone black-and-white photographs, these virtually unknown complexes represent a fascinating period in history when two distinct cultures began interweaving to form the fabric of modern Mexico.
Beverley Spears is an architect, a landscape architect, and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Her firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has won numerous design awards for houses, schools, historic preservation, and community projects. She is also the author of American Adobes: Rural Houses of Northern New Mexico (UNM).