The Center For Latin American Visual Studies

Founded in 2009, the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), a unit of the Department of Art and Art History of the University of Texas at Austin, is a nucleus in the advanced study of modern and contemporary art from the Americas internationally. Focusing on research and graduate education, it is a flexible and even portable space for the creation of original art historical knowledge through intellectual rigor and collaboration across disciplinary and geopolitical boundaries. CLAVIS leverages the unique, world-class resources at UT Austin, including the Benson Library, Blanton Museum of Art, Ransom Center, and scholars of Latin American and Latinx studies across campus, among others, to build bridges that allow for the reciprocity of ideas and methodologies with colleagues throughout the world.

  • Exhibitions as Fields of Comparison dossier illustration Latin America


    “Exhibitions as Fields of Comparison,” a dossier of articles by participants in the CLAVIS-Getty research seminars published in open-access journal Caiana: Revista de Historia del Arte y Cultura Visual del Centro Argentino de Investigadores de Arte.



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