Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America

For this series of informal lectures and panels, leading specialists are invited to the Institute to explore art historical and broader contextual issues relating to the arts of Spain and Latin America. The series is coordinated by Professors Jonathan Brown, Robert Lubar, and Edward Sullivan.

The Colloquium is now over 15 years old and it continues to enhance the considerable strength of the IFA in the areas of Latin American and Spanish art. We have tried this year to have a strong across-the-board presence of scholars from a variety of fields in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Americas. In addition, with the first lecture on art and society in Victorian Jamaica by Professor Timothy Barringer of Yale, we are including other aspects of the hemisphere--something which is only appropriate given the current interest in the Caribbean. Several of our scholar-speakers are graduates of the IFA: Michele Greet and Adele Nelson did their PhD degrees in modern Latin American art and Ronda Kasl studied early modern Spain. Richard Kagan of Johns Hopkins has developed a strong sub-speciality in the history of reception of Spanish art in the US and Professor Robert Davidson from Toronto will examine questions of social and artistic interest related to the Cuban revolution. This group of stellar art and social historians will certainly add immensely to our deeper understanding of the broadly-described field of Hispanic Studies.

We gratefully acknowledge the continuing support of Roberta and Richard Huber for making the 2013-2014 Colloquium possible.

Check the events calendar for upcoming lectures in this series.


March 5, 2015
Rachel Weiss, Professor of Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Tenuous Moonlight of an Unrequited Past

February 17, 2015
Denise BirkhoferCurator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin University
The Body and the Void in the Art of Mira Schendel and Eva Hesse

December 11, 2014
Thomas KaufmannFrederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology Princeton University
Reflections on World Art History

November 25, 2014
Barbara MundyAssociate Professor, Fordham University
The death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the life of Mexico City

November 13, 2014
Niria E. Leyva-GutiérrezAssistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, Long Island University
Transfigurations and Transformations: Religious Imagery in Seventeenth-Century Puebla

May 1, 2014
Terry Riley
Architectural Innovation in Spain: Post-Bilbao and Pre-Crisis

February 20, 2014
Adele Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Temple University
A Genealogy of Modernism for Brazil: Mário Pedrosa and the Second São Paulo Bienal

February 6, 2014
Jonathan Brown, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
El Greco and Ribera: The Workshop as Factory

October 31, 2013
Luisa Elena AlcaláProfesora titular de Historia del arte, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
The Problem of the Canon and the History of Spanish Colonial Painting.

October 17, 2013
Ilona Katzew, Curator and co-Head of Latin American Art, Los Angeles County Museum
Eighteenth-Century Painting in Mexico: Thoughts on the State of the Field

September 26, 2013
Eduardo DouglasAssociate Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina

April 11, 2013
Richard Kagan, Professor, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University
The Spanish Craze: America Discovers and Displays Spanish Art, 1890-1930

March 28, 2013
Ronda Kasl, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture before 1800, Indianapolis Museum of Art 
Virtue Exemplified: Sovereignty and Salvation at the Cartuja de Miraflores

November 15, 2012
Michele Greet, 
Associate Professor of Art History, George Mason University
The Artists of the Bulletin de l’Effort Moderne: Latin Americans in Paris

October 24, 2012
Latin American Forum sponsored by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art
Dawn Ades, Professor of the History & Theory of Art, University of Essex and Independent Curator
Surrealism & the Surrealists in Mexico 1940-1947

September 20, 2012
Timothy Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor, History of Art, Yale University
Art History vs Victorian Jamaica

April 5, 2012
Juanjosé LahuertaProfessor of the History of Art, School of Architecture, Barcelona; Senior Curator, Museu Picasso, Barcelona; Juan Carlos I Professor, New York University (Spring 2012)
Dalí and Architecture: Anachronic Modernism
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March 8, 2012
John Loomis, Director, School of Art and Design of San Jose State University
Revolution of Forms, Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools 

February 9, 2012
Jesús Escobar, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, Northwestern University
Madrid, Urbs Regia: The Seventeenth-Century City and Its Representation

December 1, 2011
Luis Castañeda, Assistant Professor of Art History, Syracuse University
Museum, Monument, City: Archaeologies of Power in Modern Mexico

November 10, 2011
Javier Bonnin, Bonnin Orozco Arquitectos
The Intersection of Architecture and Expressions of Identity in Ponce, Puerto Rico

October 6, 2011
Stella Nair, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
Architectural Paradigms of the Conquest: The Incas, the Spanish and the Church of Nuestra Senora de Montserrat

April 21, 2011
James Oles, Senior Lecturer, Art Department and Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, Davis Museum, Wellesley College
The Cézanne Effect in Latin America: From Rivera to Soto

March 3, 2011
Diana Fane, Curator Emerita, Arts of the Americas, Brooklyn Museum
From Feather Shields to Coats of Arms: Iconographies of Place and Power in 16th Century Mexico

April 21, 2011
James Oles, Senior Lecturer, Art Department and Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, Davis Museum, Wellesley College
The Cézanne Effect in Latin America: From Rivera to Soto

March 3, 2011
Diana Fane, Curator Emerita, Arts of the Americas, Brooklyn Museum
From Feather Shields to Coats of Arms: Iconographies of Place and Power in 16th Century Mexic

February 17, 2011
Daniel Haxall, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Kutztown University
Esteban Vicente, Abstract Expressionism, and the Spanish Legacy of Collage

November 9, 2010
Nuno Senos, Resident Director, CIEE Study Center Lisbon and Associate Researcher, Centro de História de Além-Mar FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
"Counter-curved Walls and National Identity in Brazil"

October 14, 2010
Jo Labanyi, Director, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU and Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, NYU
"Noir Visuality in Spanish Cinema of the Early Franco Dictatorship: Complicating Regime Ideology”

September 23, 2010
Laura Bass, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Tulane University
"Picturing Baroque Madrid: Social Geographies and Urban Curiosities"

April 15, 2010
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
The Reinvention of European Abstraction in Argentina 1944-1950

February 18, 2010
Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts
Hatian Art after ca. 1945: A Trans-Continental Context

January 21, 2010
Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, MoMA
Alejandro Otero, Abstraction as Lightning: Quae Pingi Non Possunt