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ART_HIST_235: Introduction to Latin American Art: (SP24 Escobar)

Course Description

This class surveys art and architecture in Latin America from around 1500 to around 1945. From Mexico to Chile 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 media—including wood and stone sculpture, feather and mural painting, prints and books—as 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  12PM - 320PM
Discussion Sections: Fridays

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