Symposium

Beyond Biography: Artistic Practice and Personhood in Colonial Latin America

 

Keynote - Thursday, October 10, 6 - 7 pm. Reception to follow.
Symposium - Friday, October 11, 9:30 am - 5 pm

What was the nature of artistic work in colonial Latin America? This symposium gathers leading scholars to think about artistic subjectivity without focusing on names or “life’s work.” We will consider artistic personhood and practice within social structures, in relation to medium, and as determined by gender, age, and race. We strive for a greater understanding of colonial Latin American art itself, as well as of the human agency that brought it into being. 

 

Thursday, October 10, 6 - 7 pm

Keynote Lecture: The Human Element: Painters and the Profession in Early Colonial Quito
Location: Smathers Library, Room 100*

Susan V. Webster, Jane W. Mahoney Professor of Art and Art History, College of William & Mary
What’s in a name? The historiography of colonial Latin American art is rife with lamentations over the widespread anonymity of early colonial painters. Yet, should naming matter? Can it help us better understand colonial painters, their profession, and, by extension, the images they produced? This talk focuses on painters in early colonial Quito in order to examine issues related to the politics of naming, artistic agency, professional practices, and the European “life-work” model of art historical inquiry. Far from establishing a “canon” along European lines or tempting us to parse hybridity in the images themselves, the archival recovery of named painters and aspects of their lives offers fragmentary but compelling insights into the human element that remains largely invisible in early colonial paintings.

Reception to follow.
*Please note the Keynote is NOT held at the Harn Museum.

 

Friday, October 11, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Symposium
Location: Harn Museum of Art

 

9:30 - 10 am
Coffee, Harn Galleria

 

10 - 10:15
Welcome and Introductory Talk

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida

 

10:20 am - 12:20 pm
Panel 1

Moderated by Elizabeth Ross, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida
 

10:20 - 10:50 am
The Artist-Cartographers of the Uppsala Map of Mexico-Tenochtitlan (c. 1540)

Jennifer Saracino, Assistant Professor of Art History, Flagler College

 

10:55 - 11:25 am
Angelina Martina: A Tlatelolca Merchant or a Feather Artisan?

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, University of Florida

 

11:30 am - 12 pm
 A Claim for Craft in the Development of Artists’ Rights

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida 

 

12 - 12:30 pm
Questions and Discussion

 

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch on your own.

 

1:30 - 3 pm
Panel 2

Moderated by Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Distinguished Teaching Scholar, University of Florida 

 

1:30 - 2 pm
The Power of Expertise: Artists as Arbiters of the Miraculous in Colonial Latin America

Derek Burdette, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Florida

 

2:05 - 2:35 pm
Academic Ambitions in New Spain

Aaron Hyman, Assistant Professor of Art History, Johns Hopkins University

 

2:35 - 3 pm
Questions and Discussion

 

3 - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break

 

3:30 - 5 pm
Panel 3

Moderated by Eleanor Laughlin, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Florida 

 

3:30 - 4 pm
The Face of the Virgin and the Hand of the Artist: Thinking about Anonymity in Colonial South America

Emily Floyd, Lecturer in History of Art, University College London

 

4:05 - 4:35 pm
Art-Making and Art-Breaking in the Era of Tupac Amaru

Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University

 

4:35 - 5 pm
Questions and Closing Discussion

 

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