Beyond Biography: Artistic Practice and Personhood in Colonial Latin America

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, The Arts of Painting, Sculpting, Carving, and Embroidery in the Service of God and the Holy Church. From Nueva corónica y buen gobierno, Peru, ca. 1615. Ink on paper. Manuscript property of the Royal Library of Copenhagen.

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

Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019

On View April 11 – September 29, 2019  

Curated by Susanna V. Temkin, El Museo’s Curator, and co-organized by Noel Valentin, El Museo’s Permanent Collection Manager 

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio presents Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio1969-2019, a two-part exhibition featuring selections from the Permanent Collection and a timeline contextualizing the history of the institution with related archival materials. The exhibition will reflect on the institution’s activist origins and pioneering role as a cultural and educational organization dedicated to presenting and preserving Latinx and Latin American art and culture. The exhibition borrows its title from an essay penned by one of the Museum’s founders and its first director Raphael Montañez Ortíz, who outlined his concept for the institution in a 1971 article published in Art in America

In addition to the two part-exhibition Culture and the People, El Museo will initiate a cycle of exhibitions dedicated to the Museum’s Permanent Collection in 2020. The cycle will focus on specific works from the collection, including room-size installations and in-depth bodies of work, enabling El Museo’s curators to work directly with artists, scholars, and conservators to uncover new research and grant further public access to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

New Exhibition: Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life, 4/ 2–8/18




Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, the people of South America had a system of recorded information that was portable, precise, and so complex that it remains undeciphered today.


The long-lived Wari Empire and vast Inka Empire employed sophisticated devices called khipu to record information, such as census data and labor obligations. Made of cords, both Inka and Wari khipu seem to have recorded not only quantitative or statistical content, but narrative information as well. The variation in cord structures, colors, wrapping patterns, and knots encoded and conveyed information, while the basic khipu elements—flexible knotted cords—offered a lightweight and compact means of transporting information across distances.


This exhibition is the first to bring together examples of Wari, Inka, and Colonial khipu. Less than a dozen complete Wari khipu are known to exist in museum collections, and three will be on display at Dumbarton Oaks, along with interactive displays that will help visitors understand the way khipu worked, how they were made, and how information was encoded.
Juan Antonio Murro, Assistant Curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection, is curating this exhibition with Jeffrey Splitstoser, PhD, an expert on Wari khipu and ancient textiles and Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University.

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CAA Sessions of Interest

Thanks to member Anne Cassidy for the information below!

This is a good year for Mesoamerican manuscript studies at the CAA conference in New York this week, with two back-to-back sessions.

On Thursday, 2:00 – 3:30 in the Bryant Suite on the 2nd floor there will be: Painted Books of Pre-Hispanic Mexico: New Discoveries

Panel speakers: Dr. Merideth Paxton (University of New Mexico) The Opossum and the Uayeb in the New Year Pages of the Madrid Codex

            Dr. Susan Milbrath (University of Florida)  Yearbearer Imagery in Postclassic Codices: Thresholds of Time and Space

            Dr. Gabrielle Vail (University of North Carolina)  Cultural Interactions in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica: Exploring the Repainted Pages of the Codex Vaticanus B and Cognate Almanacs of the Maya Madrid Codex

            Dr. Élodie Dupey  (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)  The Chromatic Palettes of the Codex Vaticanus B: Characterization and Analysis in the Framework of the Mesoamerican Manuscripts’ Color Technologies

            Dr. Jennifer Saracino (Flagler College)  Indigenous Artistic Process & Collaboration in the Mapa Uppsala (c. 1540)

Immediately afterward, 4:00 – 5:30 in the Grand Ballroom East on the third floor, Dr. Elizabeth Hill Boone (Tulane University) will be named this year’s CAA Distinguished Scholar in a special session. Dr. Boone’s distinguished work in the area of Mesoamerican manuscripts has been a major contribution to Mesoamerican studies.

Also, for those of you interested in modern and contemporary Latin American art, Kaira Cabañas has a book release event:

FROM:
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
BOOK RELEASE EVENT!
KAIRA M. CABAÑAS’S “LEARNING FROM MADNESS: BRAZILIAN MODERNISM AND GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY ART”
Kaira M. Cabañas’s “Learning from Madness” offers an invigorating series of case studies that track the parallels between psychiatric patients’ art works in Western Europe and its reception by influential artists there, to an analogous but altogether distinct situation in Brazil. The book also explores how this “outsider art” continues to raise important questions in the contemporary global art circuit. Cabañas turns to the films of Javier Téllez, an artist who compellingly engages the history of psychiatry and the legacy of creative expression within it.
To celebrate the release of “Learning from Madness,” Cabañas and Téllez will be here in person to host a special event. The evening will feature a short reading, as well as a screening of Tellez’s film CALIGARI AND THE SLEEPWALKER (2008). A reception will follow the screening in the AFA lobby.
“Learning from Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art” is published by the University of Chicago Press, 2018. A representative from the University of Chicago Press will be on site to sell books.

Looking forward to seeing you at these events!

CAA Conference – ALAA Sponsored Sessions

Below is a short list of ALAA-sponsored sessions and meetings taking place during the upcoming College Art Association (CAA) conference in New York, February 13-16 that will be of interest to members.

“Open Sessions for Emerging Scholars of Latin American Art” (Association for Latin American Art ALAA)

Time: Friday, February 15, 2019: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 2nd Floor – Clinton Suite

Chairs: Theresa Avila, CSU Channel Islands; Arden Decker

Spectacle of Stone: The Art of Passage in the Ancient Maya Landscape Catherine H. Popovici, The University of Texas at Austin

Global Import: Implications of Transnational Conflicts in the Art of Juan Manuel Echavarría and Doris Salcedo Jamie DiSarno, University at Buffalo

Art in an Age of Crisis: Women Artists and the Mexican War on Drugs Alberto McKelligan Hernández, Portland State University

ALAA Business Meeting: Awards! Elections! Announcements! Snacks provided! Bring your own beverage!

Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019: 12:30PM–2:00PM
Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 4th Floor – New York

The CAA on-line schedule is now searchable https://caa.confex.com/caa/2019/meetingapp.cgi. Simply select “Latin America,” “Latinx,” or “Caribbean” from the “subject area” menu on the left hand side, and a list of relevant sessions appears.

We hope to see you there!