The Art of Illusions: Pre-cinematic Entertainment in Mexico

Before the advent of cinema as we know it today, audiences around the world experienced other types of entertainment that involved optical magic, such as the diorama, cosmorama, magic lantern, panorama and scientific spectacles. Mexico is one country where these forms of visual culture flourished and then set the stage for later generations of moving image entertainment, including the Kinetoscope and the Cinematograph.

José Antonio Rodríguez, professor of Art History at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), will present an illustrated lecture on the history and archeology of visual media, with an emphasis on the 17th century. He will also explore “…how our encounters with the visual spectacles guide us in constructing our own vision of the world.”

Image is from José Antonio Rodríguez private collection


When: Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 
8:00 pm

Where: The Velaslavasay Panorama at the Union Theater, located at 1122 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tickets: Available online | $12 {$10 VPES Members, Students, Seniors}

More Information:
This will be a bilingual presentation in English and Spanish.
Tel: 213.746.2166