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 provides an informal and exploratory space for emerging scholarship on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. The Permanent Seminar has no beginning or end, but is rather a workshop committed to ongoing critical collegiality and experimentation outside of curricular and professional constraints.


Poster for Pensar Todo de Nuevo exhibitionAndrea Giunta, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires & Co-Founder, Center for Latin American Visual Studies

Seminar: “Curatorial Projects During the Covid-19 Isolation: Mercosul Bienal 12, Porto Alegre and Rethink Everything, Buenos Aires”

abstract work inspired by US and Puerto Rican flags

Abdias do Nascimento, Xangô Sobre (Xangô Takes Over / Xangô Rises), 1970

Abigail Lapin Dardashti
, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

Seminar: “Afro-Latinx Power and Religion: Nuyorican and Afro-Brazilian Artistic Intersections in the 1970s”

film still depicting an African slave whipped at a pillory

Jaime Lauriano. Justiça e barbárie (Justice and Barbarity), 2017. Video still

Jaime Lauriano, Porto and São Paulo-based Artist

Seminar: Lauriano discusses past works, including his 2017 video Justice and Barbarity, and his collaboration on the Enciclopédia Negra (Black Encyclopedia) with historians Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and Flávio Gomes, a major 500-entry publication forthcoming with Companhia das Letras.

Co-organized with Visual Arts Center, with generous support from Shannon and Mark Hart

Natalia Majluf, former Director and Head Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima

Seminar: Majluf discusses the development of the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte de Lima. Held in conjunction with the exhibition The Avant-Garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s co-organized by Beverly Adams and Natalia Majluf and on view at the Blanton from February 16-May 17, 2020.


Cover of Mary Coffey's latest book, Orozco's American EpicMary Coffey, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College

Seminar: Coffey discusses her forthcoming book, Orozco’s American Epic: Myth, History, and the Melancholy of Race (Duke University Press, 2020).

Michael Schreffler, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

Seminar: “Ephemerality and Permanence at the Cathedral of Mexico City, ca. 1996”

Julia Detchon, PhD Candidate, UT Austin

Seminar: “Con la participación del público”: Participation and Pedagogy in the Work of Mirtha Dermisache and Margarita Paksa”

Luiz Camillo Osorio, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Seminar: Osorio discusses his curation of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo’s 2017 Panorama, which was the target of far-right protests, and the politics of art in contemporary Brazil.

Spanish colonial painting depicting Virgin Mary

Unknown artist, Our Lady of Bethlehem with a Donor, Cuzco, Peru, 18th century

Gabriela Sircusano, Professor, CONICET (National Research Council, Argentina) & Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, and Universidad de Buenos Aires

Seminar: “Matter Matters: Images and Materiality in Discussion”

Diaz neon art

Alejandro Diaz

Alejandro Diaz, New York-based Artist
Seminar:  Diaz discusses San Antonio’s Latinx art scene of the 1990s, performance pieces from when he moved to New York in 2003, and more recent sculptures.

film still from El dia que me quieras

Leandro Katz

Leandro Katz, Buenos Aires-based Artist

Seminar: Screening of Katz’s El dia que me quieras (1997) and discussion.

slashed canvas

Lucio Fontana










Andrea Giunta, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires & UT Austin

Seminar: “Lucio Fontana in Buenos Aires. Abstraction, Science, and War”


Aleca Le Blanc, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside

Seminar: At the H.E.B. Study Room at Blanton Museum of Art, Le Blanc led participants in study of works by postwar Brazilian abstract artists, particularly works by Hércules Barsotti, Hermelindo Fiaminghi, and Willys de Castro, as well as Hélio Oiticica and Mira Schendel.

Milan Hughston, Former Chief of the Library and Museum Archives, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Seminar: “Documenting the Visual: Building a Latin American Collection at the MoMA Library”

Event poster for Axe Bahia exhibition

Axé Bahia exhibition, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2018

Roberto Conduru, Professor, Southern Methodist University

Seminar: Review of Conduru’s various writings on Afro-Brazilian art and culture.

Ana Maria Reyes, Assistant Professor, Boston University

Seminar: “Symbolic Reparations, Institution-Building, and the Art of Mutual Recognition”

Dorota Biczel, PhD Candidate, UT Austin

Seminar: “Between Social Art Work and Social Engineering: Teresa Burga͛s ‘Non-object art’ in Service of Peruvian Women and New Democracy, 1980–1981”


Cristóbal Bianchi, Fellow, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, New York University

Seminar: “Intangible Materials: The Sky and Gravity in Artistic Creation”

Cover for Cary Cordova's book, The Heart of the Mission

Cary Cordova, Associate Professor, UT Austin

Seminar: “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco”

Patricia Ortega Miranda,  MA candidate, UT Austin

Seminar: “Embodied Geographies: Poetic Bodies and Revolutionary Performance in Nicolas Guillen Landrian͛s Coffea Arabiga


Renato González Mello, Professor and Director, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Seminar: “Workshops and Outlets in Mexican Printmaking, 20th Century”

Andrea Noble, Professor, University of Durham

Seminar: “Cold War Camera: Transnational Visual Networks”


Cubist painting with Mexican revolutionary motifs

Diego Rivera, Zapatista Landscape, 1915

James Oles, Professor, Wellesley College

Seminar: “Diego Rivera’s Trophy”

Puerto Rican landscape

Francisco Oller, Hacienda Aurora, c.1898

Edward Sullivan, Professor, New York University

Seminar: “From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionism”

Residential house designed by Luis Barragan, hallway with yellow light

Luis Barragán, Yellow Corridor, 1976, Casa Gilardi, Mexico City

Kathryn O’Rourke, Assistant Professor, Trinity University

Seminar: “Luis Barragán͛s Rooms”

Victoria Sánchez Holguín, PhD Candidate, Architecture, UT Austin

Seminar: “Ciudad Kennedy: Modernization and Social Reality in Colombia in the 1960s”

Fredo Rivera, PhD Candidate, Art History, Duke University

Seminar: “Building Utopia: Architecture and Ideology in 1960s Havana,



Photograph of underground rock concert in Lima in the 1980s

Limeña underground rock event, ca. 1980s








Dorota Biczel, PhD Candidate, Art History, UT Austin
Seminar: “‘Nothing political’: Limeña Cultural Underground and the Remaking of Politics in the 1980s”

Photograph of storefront in Buenos Aires hosting exhibition

Belleza y Felicidad exhibition, Buenos Aires, 2003 (Photo: Roberto Jacoby)








Cynthia Francica, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, UT Austin

Seminar: “Belleza y Felicidad: Queerness and Visual Practices”

Sebastian Vidal, PhD Candidate, Art History, UT Austin

Seminar: “En el principio: Arte, archivos y tecnologías durante la dictadura en Chile”