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ART_HIST_235: Introduction to Latin American Art: (Escobar): Getting Started

Subject Specialist

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Cara List
Art Collection
Deering Library, 3rd Floor
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Art Library Assistant

Perry Nigro

Drop-in Office Hours:

Tuesday 1-2PM     13 April -- 01 June
Thursdays 3-4PM  15 April -- 03 June


Course Description

This class surveys art and especially architecture across Latin America from around 1500 to around 1945, focusing on the colonial era. From Mexico to Peru and from the Caribbean Sea to the Río de la Plata, we will explore churches, public buildings, and works of art in a variety of mediaincluding wood and stone sculpture, feather and mural painting, prints and booksas expressions of the complex societies that emerged in the Americas after 1492. Along the way, we will study the output of artisans, artists, and architects whose names have been forgotten by history and the work of others whose biographies have become better known in recent years such as the indigenous Andean painter Andrés Sánchez Galque. Additionally, the class will consider familiar figures such as Guaman Poma de Ayala, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel de Cabrera, Diego Quispe Tito, Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Juan O’Gorman, Joaquín Torres García, and Óscar Niemeyer.

Class Lectures: Tuesays and Thursdays  11AM - 12:20PM US CDST
Discussion Sections: Fridays

There is one required textbook: Kelley Donahue-Wallace. Art and Architecture in Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780826334596 (print); ISBN: 9780826334602 (e-book)

Miguel Cabrera
Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
oil on canvas
c. 1750
81 1/2 x 58 1/4 in
Museo Nacional de Historia, Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico