Rethinking Folk Art Panel Discussion

Rethinking Folk Art

Tuesday, March 4th at 4pm GMT






Rethinking Folk Art brings together a panel of early career scholars, Lucía Abramovich (San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, US), Sonali Gupta Agarwal (Himalayan Institute of Cultural and Heritage Studies, Kullu Valley, India), and Gabriela Germaná (Florida State University, Florida, US), thinking critically about the term ‘folk art’ and how it has been applied, interpreted, and subverted over time and in different geographic and regional contexts. Abramovich , Gupta Agarwal, and Germaná will reflect on how they have engaged with this concept in their work and research in museums, academia, and communities of practice.

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CAA Conference (2/10/21-2/13/21): Latin American Art Topics and Discussions

Wednesday, Feb. 10

After the Hurricane: Art, Race, and Climate Change in the Modern Caribbean

Joseph R. Hartman, University of Missouri – Kansas City, part of the Bodies in Crisis 1 Session 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10-10:30 EST

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Down to Earth: Womxn Artists and Ecological Practices in Latin America

Chair: Madeline Murphy Turner, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10-10:30 EST

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  • Carlota Di Liscia, Blood, Spit, and Tears: Performing Gender and Ethnicity in Sandra Monterroso’s “Lix Cua Rahro/Tus tortillas, mi amor”
  • Florencia San Martin, Inhabiting the Waters: The Art of Mapuche Artist Sebastián Calfuqueo
  • Gillian Sneed, Opossum Resilience and Dry Twigs: Ecofeminist Cuir Camp in Contemporary Latin American Video Performance
  • Madison C. Treece, Embroidering Politics: Maya Cosmologies Influence in “Zapantera Negra” 

Love in times of crisis: Reparative Art Histories

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2:00-2:30 PM
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ALAA-Relevant papers:

  • Mya Dosch: “Signs of Life: Teatro Ojo against Spectacular 1968 in Mexico”


Thursday, Feb. 11

Georgina G. Gluzman: “Home Is Where the Heart Is”: Foreign Women Artists in Argentine Art History” (paper), part of the session CAA-Getty Global Conversation I: The Migration of Art and Ideas (chair: Georgina G. Gluzman)

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10-10:30 EST

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Nourish and Resist: Food and Transatlantic Feminisms in Contemporary Caribbean Art

Co-chairs: Hannah Ryan and Lesley A. Wolff 

Thursday, February 11, 12-12:30PM EST


-Shana Klein, “Pulling Back the Peel: Exploring the Unsavory History of the United Fruit Banana in Contemporary Art”

-Tashima Thomas, “Botanical Feminisms: From Ethnogenesis to Edible Desire”

-Maria Elena Ortiz, “Food Markets and Power”

-Cristina Molina and Vanessa Centeno, “Forbidden Foods”

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How Exhibitions and Collections Have Shaped the History of Art of Brazil

Chairs: Paulina Pardo Gaviria; Paula Victoria Kupfer, University of Pittsburgh

Discussant: Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah

Thursday, February 11, 12-12:30PM EST


-Fernanda Mendonca Pitta, “An Ancient New World: The 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris and “the Birth” of Brazilian Indigenous Art”

-Camilla Querin, “Revolutionary Popular Art: How Two Centers for the Promotion and Production of Popular Art Shaped the Development of Contemporary Art in Brazil”

-Sonia Angela de Laforcade, “Between the Exhibition and the Courtroom”

-Mari Rodriguez Binnie, “On Vertices and Ruptures: The 1977 Projeto Construtivo Brasileiro na Arte”

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Creative Cartographies & Inherited Aesthetics: Craft, Tradition, and Labor in Modern and Contemporary Fine Art Practices

Thursday, February 11, 6:00-6:30 pm EST

Chair: Erin L. McCutcheon

Discussant: Ella S. Mills


  • Karen Cordero, “Revaluing Feminine Trajectories and Stitching Alternative Genealogies in the Work of Yohanna Roa”
  • Imogen Hart, “Althea McNish: Designs Without Borders”
  • Penny C. Morrill, “Matilde Poulat: Discovering Her Nahua Past in Silver”
  • Tatiana Reinoza, “Racial Performance and the Maternal: Restaging Central America in Rachelle Mozman’s Photographs”

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Towards the “Concrete Transaction”: Global Methods for Art in Capital

Chairs: Avigail Moss and Ellen C. Feiss

Thursday, February 11, 12-12:30PM EST

-Uneven and Combined Development, Art History, and Concrete Totality

  • Ciaran Finlayson
  • -Berni: Art and Hegemony
  • Karen Benezra
  • -From Democratic Pluralism to Corporate Hegemony: US Art after 1943
  • Angela L. Miller, Washington University in St. Louis
  • -Racial and Economic Inequality: the SFMOMA and the Private Fisher Collection
  • Nizan Shaked, California State University, Long Beach

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Friday, Feb. 12

Peru’s Bicentenary: Identity Fractures in a Period of Transition from the colonial to the Republican Era

Friday, February 12, 10:00 – 10:30 am EST

Chairs: Verónica Muñoz-Nájar and Katherine Moore McAllen

Discussant: Natalia Majluf


  • Elena Phipps, Andean Seventeenth-Century Black Uncus worn for Corpus Christi and the Left-spun yarn that Empowers them.
  • Leslie Todd, Confronting Racialized Narratives of Sculptural Production and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century Quito.
  • Grace Alexandrino Ocaña, Migrants, Murals and Metropolitan Identities: Public Spaces and Urban Heritage Aesthetics as Struggles for Historic Lima.

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How Exhibitions and Collections Have Shaped the History of Art of Brazil

Chairs: Paula V. Kupfer (University of Pittsburgh) and Paulina Pardo

Discussant: Elena Sthromberg (University of Utah)

Thursday February 11, 12pm–12:30pm EST

  • – Fernanda Mendonca Pitta, “An Ancient New World: The 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris and ‘the Birth’ of Brazilian Indigenous Art”
  • – Camilla Querin (University of California, Riverside), “Revolutionary Popular Art: How Two Centers for the Promotion and Production of Popular Art Shaped the Development of Contemporary Art in Brazil”

– Sonia Angela de Laforcade, “Between the Exhibition and the Courtroom”

– Maria Teresa Rodriguez Binnie (Williams College), “On Vertices and Ruptures: The 1977 Projeto Construtivo Brasileiro na Arte” 


Arts of the Screen in Latin America, 1968-1990

Friday, February 12, 4:00 – 4:30 pm EST

Chairs: Daniel Quiles and Benjamin Murphy


-Paulina Pardo Gaviria, “Lent for Exhibition Only: TV Screens at the São Paulo Biennial”

-William Henry Schwaller, “Argentina Intermedios: A two-night show and a fitting descriptor of Buenos Aires at the turn of the 1970s”

-Dorota Biczel, “From Screen to Shroud: Burying the Criollo Republic with Juan Javier Salazar”

-Agustin Diez Fischer, “Out of the Human and into the Screen: Leopoldo Maler and Television in the 1970s”

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Revisting the Popular in Latin American Art

Friday, February 12, 6:00 – 6:30pm EST

Chair: Megan Sullivan

Discussant: Ana María Reyes

Davida Fernandez-Barkan, “Arte Popular’s International Legacy: The Case of Mexican Muralism”

Laura Moure Cecchini, “‘Artists Must Live with their Eyes Open: Antonio Berni, The Andean Baroque, and Latin American Popular Art”

Harper Montgomery, “The Liberation and Development of Popular Art: A Modernist

Polemic for El Museo del Barro”

Cristobal Barria Bignotti, “The Sense of Touch in the Apprehension of Popular Art”


Saturday, Feb. 13

Architectural Sculpture in the Ancient and Early Modern Periods 

12:00 am – 12:30 am EST

Chairs: Gretel Rodriguez and Meghan Rubenstein

Patricia Alexander Lagarde, Tulane University “Sculpting with the Sun: Phenomenology of Light in Architectural Sculpture at Chavín de Huántar, Peru”

Breton Adam Langendorfer, University of Pennsylvania, “Achaemenid Syntax: Architecture, Metalware, and Imperial Modularity”

Aileen Ajootian, University of Mississippi, “Roman Architectural Sculpture at Ancient Corinth: New Discoveries”

Gregor A. Kalas, University of Tennessee, “Repossessing the Sculptures on the Arcus Argentariorum in Early Medieval Rome”


Virtual Visual Journey

In this pandemic environment, numerous museums have been adding virtual tours, walk-throughs, or discussions to their websites, such as this example from the Blanton Museum of Art. The link below provides an opportunity for Latin American colonial art history students and aficionados alike to enjoy a meditative moment with Ray Williams, Director of Education and Academic Affairs at the Blanton as he guides viewers through the visual narrative of “Our Lady of Cocharcas.” Enjoy!

Our Lady of Cocharcas, artist unknown, Peru, 1751, oil on canvas; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, On loan from the Thoma Foundation

ICAA Launches New Website: Documents of Latin American and Latino Art

At the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) website, you can explore more than 8,000 documents of 20th and 21st-century art in Latin America, the Caribbean, and among US Latino communities.

From Carmen Ramírez, Founding Director:

“[…] the redesigned platform more accurately reflects the activities, events, and interdisciplinary programs of the Center and its flagship project, Documents of Latin American and Latino Art (ICAA Documents Project). The user-friendly site facilitates direct, immediate access to the more than 8,000 primary sources and critical texts that make up the ICAA Documents Project. It also encourages users to browse by “author,” “title,” “date” and “topic”; save their results in a “my documents” section; and share them with friends and colleagues. Additionally, the platform allows the ICAA’s vetted partners to upload primary-source materials directly to the site, thereby significantly expanding the recovery process that is a core function of any digital repository.”

Check out the new website here.

Image digitized from: Bardi, Lina Bo. “Bahia: Museu de Arte Moderna.” Mirante das Artes (São Paulo, Brazil), no. 6 (Novembro/ Dezembro,1967): 17- 24.

“Creating Bridges: Personal Journeys into Art and Writing”

As our treasured museums and cultural institutions close to protect the public health the role they play in the vitality of our communities comes into sharp focus and we miss them. Please support them as you can. We look ahead to their return.

Museo Eduardo Carrillo as an online museum offers you our free, online, sharable resources to help support your children as they learn at home.

Master teacher Wendy Thompson developed the California state standards aligned “Creating Bridges: Personal Journeys into Art and Writing” for the Hablamos Juntos Project, a joint project between the Young Writers Program and Museo Eduardo Carrillo. This unit connects art appreciation, language development, cultural understanding and writing skills in an 8-10 week curricular unit using contemporary Latinx art to inspire Personal Narratives. Especially suitable for middle and high schoolers our curriculum is highly adaptable for your needs. All based on Latinx artworks, it can successfully be adapted for humanities, social studies and history curriculum as many images deal with historic themes.


Photograph by Lesha Marie Rodriguez

An inspired student wrote:
“This picture reminds me of my great grandmama. She is a strong Cherokee Indian Christian woman, and she spends most of her day in her room on her knees, praying for her family. She really cares for us a lot.”

“Este cuadro me recuerda a mi gran abuelita. Ella es una india cherokee fuerte y cristiana, que pasa la mayor parte del día en su habitación de rodillas, rezando por su familia. Realmente le importamos mucho.”
—Angelique Destany Montaño Lopez

Click here to hear Angelique reading her piece…


Beyond Biography: Artistic Practice and Personhood in Colonial Latin America

October 10, 2019 / 6:00 pm / University of Florida, Smathers 100, Keynote Lecture by Dr. Susan V. Webster

October 11, 2019 / 9:30 am – 5:00 pm / University of Florida, Harn Museum of Art, Additional Speakers  

What was the nature of artistic work in colonial Latin America? This symposium gathers leading scholars to think about artistic subjectivity without focusing on names or “life’s work.” We will consider artistic personhood and practice within social structures, in relation to medium, and as determined by gender, age, and race. We strive for a greater understanding of colonial Latin American art itself, as well as of the human agency that brought it into being.

A Claim for Craft in the Development of Artists’ Rights

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida

The Artist-Cartographers of the Uppsala Map of Mexico-Tenochtitlan (c. 1540)

Jennifer Saracino, Assistant Professor of Art History, Flagler College

Angelina Martina: A Tlatelolca Merchant or a Feather Artisan?

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, University of Florida

The Power of Expertise: Artists as Arbiters of the Miraculous in Colonial Latin America

Derek Burdette, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Florida

Academic Ambitions in New Spain

Aaron M. Hyman, Assistant Professor of Art History, Johns Hopkins University

The Face of the Virgin and the Hand of the Artist: Thinking about Anonymity in Colonial South America

Emily Floyd, Lecturer in History of Art, University College London

Art-Making and Art-Breaking in the Era of Tupac Amaru

Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University