Established in 2009, CLAVIS is a center for the advanced study of modern and contemporary art and visual culture from the Americas. Focusing on research and the training of emerging scholars, 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 world-class 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 with colleagues and the public.
STUDY TRIPS CLAVIS faculty regularly organize study trips for graduate and undergraduate students to engage with works of art firsthand, visit archives, and meet with colleagues in the field. Visit our Study Trips page to read more about recent and upcoming trips.
PUBLICATIONS "Dialogues on Afterlives and Different Futures for Latin American Art," a dossier co-edited by George Flaherty and Adele Nelson, was just published in the April 2020 issue of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, with essays by Flaherty and Nelson, Eddie Chambers, Karen Benezra, and Camila Maroja.
PERMANENT SEMINAR 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 has no beginning or end, but is rather a workshop committed to ongoing critical collegiality and experimentation outside of curricular and professional constraints.
Afro-Caribbean & Afro-Brazilian Art and Visual Culture August 17-19, 2021 A three-day seminar for graduate students focused on developing and practicing art historical methodologies centered in anti-racism, decoloniality, and the close study of Afro-Latin American art and visual culture. Speakers included: Carla Acevedo Yates (curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Chasitie Brown (art history PhD student, UT Austin), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad-based artist), Rosana Paulino (São Paulo-based artist), Phillip Townsend (art history PhD candidate, UT Austin), and Rachel E. Winston (Black Diaspora Librarian, Benson Collection, UT Austin) The seminar was organized by George Flaherty, Adele Nelson, and Eddie Chambers. The seminar was supported by the UT Provost Office's Seed Grants for Actions that promote Community Transformation, an initiative to enable members of our campus community to lead projects that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Funding was also provided by the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Art History Lecture Series.