Afro-Caribbean & Afro-Brazilian Art and Visual Culture
CLAVIS, UT Austin
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 include:
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 is organized by George Flaherty, Adele Nelson, and Eddie Chambers.
The seminars are 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 is also provided by the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Art History Lecture Series.
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)
This international seminar, to be held April 24-25, 2020 at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is co-organized by the Fundação Bienal do Mercosul; Instituto de Artes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Curso de Artes Visuais, Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul; and CLAVIS.
Precarity, Resistance, and Contemporary Art from the Americas
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
This two-day colloquium was convened by George Flaherty and Robin Greeley (University of Connecticut) to critically engage concepts and practices of precocity and resistance in Latin American and Latinx art and activism today. The colloquium was organized with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
María Isabel Baldasarre, Professor,Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Mari Rodriguez Binnie, Assistant Professor, Williams College; Anna Dezeuze, Lecturer, École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille Méditerranée; Irene Small, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, Amy Carroll, Postdoctoral Fellow, UT Austin; Sean Nesselrode Moncada, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design; Fernanda Pitta, Curator, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra, Junior Research Fellow, Queen’s College, Cambridge University; Ana Maria Reyes, Assistant Professor, Boston University; Irene Small, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, Megan Sullivan, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Scholars from a range of humanities fields in a discussion-oriented symposium focused on modern and contemporary U.S. Latinx and Latin American art and visual culture. The fruit of a multi-year interdisciplinary working group, speakers will present on their current projects, including examinations of architecture, film, installation, painting, photography, video, and social media practices of artists and activists. Co-sponsored with the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies.
Mary K. Coffey, Associate Professor, Art History, Dartmouth College, Natalia de la Rosa, Postdoctoral Associate, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Sergio Delgado Moya, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, George Flaherty, Associate Professor, Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin, Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor, Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University, Laura G. Gutiérrez, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Adriana Michele Campos Johnson, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, China Medel, Assistant Professor, Communication, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Adele Nelson, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin, Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, Creative Writing, English, and Art History, University of Houston, Camilo Trumper, Associate Professor, Transnational Studies, University of Buffalo
Ondine Chavoya and Andrea Giunta presented on their recent exhibition projects, Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, part of the exhibitions for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and took part in a roundtable discussion moderated by George Flaherty on curating as research.
A celebratory viewing of the donated papers and art collection of Jacqueline Barnitz (1923–2017), holder of first tenure-line professorship in modern Latin American art history in the U.S., to the LLILAS/Benson Latin American Collection. With guest speakers: Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Melissa Guy (LLILAS/Benson), Gina McDaniel Tarver (Texas State University), George Flaherty, and others.
The Blanton Museum of Art, with the generous support of the Thoma Foundation, organized the first of several seminars, held at CLAVIS, for the 2017 -2018 Thoma Scholars of colonial art of the Spanish Americas. With participation of advanced doctoral candidates from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid; University of California, Berkeley; and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin
George Flaherty, Adele Nelson, and Harper Montgomery (Hunter College, City University of New York) discussed the Ransom Center exhibition, Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945, and its relationship to a historical revision underway of our understanding of Latin American art from the first half of the twentieth century. Broadcast on Facebook Live.
Roundtable discussion convened by Adele Nelson to serve her undergraduate Issues in Visual Culture course: What ethical dilemmas do curators undertake in displaying and acquiring participatory works of art? A discussion among curators of contemporary art focused on the practical and conceptual stakes of exhibiting art that seeks to reject the disinterested, contemplative observer and demand active, engaged subjects. Participants included: Beverly Adams, Curator of Latin American Art, The Blanton Museum of Art; Sheryl Conkelton, Independent Curator; Anna Katherine Brodbeck, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art; Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin; and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Blanton Museum of Art.