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Carver at Escalerillas, San Luis Potosí. Photo: Sarah Lopez

Architectural History Is Migrant History

Cantera Stone and Construction Labor on Both Sides of the US-Mexico Boundary

Center Research Talks

  • Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall and Virtual
  • Talks
  • Hybrid
  • Registration Required

Join an in-depth presentation by Sarah Lopez, Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, on reframing migration and construction histories across the US-Mexico boundary.

Cantera literally means “quarry” but in Mexico and among the migrant community in the Southwest US, cantera is a commercial term that describes a specific mottled volcanic rock used to build colonial churches and civic infrastructure in cities like Guadalajara and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. This talk will track the development of this commercial network and how it has reshaped design and trade across both countries over the last 50 years.