The Center For Latin American Visual Studies

Founded in 2009, CLAVIS is an international center for the advanced study of modern and contemporary art and visual culture from the Americas. Focusing on research and graduate training, it is a space for the creation of original art historical knowledge through intellectual rigor and collaboration across disciplinary and geographic boundaries. CLAVIS leverages the unique resources at the University of Texas at Austin, including the Benson Library, Blanton Museum of Art, Ransom Center, and scholars of Latin American and Latinx studies across campus to build bridges that allow for the reciprocity of ideas and methodologies with colleagues globally.

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  • Drawing by Julieta Hanono mapping connections among women poets


    “Latin American Networks: Synchronicities, Contacts, and Divergences,” a multilingual dossier, including research articles, artist interview, and book reviews by participants in the CLAVIS “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90” seminars, with new collaborators, published in Artelogie (May 2020).

    The dossier was made possible with the generous support of the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. This is the second of three planned dossiers. The first, “Exhibitions as Fields of Comparison,” was published in Caiana in 2017.

    Illustration: Julieta Hanono, Red de las poetas, 2019

  • The Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art


    The Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art is a working group of faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who meet regularly to develop research projects in progress and discuss current issues of methodology and historiography. It provides an informal and exploratory space for emerging scholarship on modern and contemporary art of the Americas.