Latin American Forum

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Welcome to the Latin American Forum! We wish to create a space of dialogue and discussion around matters concerning modern and contemporary Latin American art. Most of our events will take place in the seminar room of the IFA (although at times we will sponsor events elsewhere in the University). The idea is to have a smaller-than-usual venue for more intense conversation and to distribute either the papers or a précis of the talk to the audience beforehand so that guests will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the subject and formulate questions and comments.

This forum is generously funded by the Institute of Studies for Latin American Art (ISLAA). For more information on ISLAA, click here.


Please check the the events calendar for upcoming lectures in this series.



May 4, 2018
Game Changers: Women Artists in 1970s Mexico. A conversation with Magali Lara and Mónica Mayer moderated by Carla Stellweg
Speakers: Magali Lara, Mónica Mayer, Carla Stellweg, Madeline Murphy Turner

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November 17, 2017  
Speaker: Miguel Luciano

October 9, 2017
Speaker: Cecilia Vicuña
Title: A Conversation with Cecilia Vicuña

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Abstract: Artist, poet, activist and philosopher, Cecilia Vicuña (born in Chile, a long-time resident of New York) has been noted for many decades for her work in a wide variety of media and venues. Her political activism, her artistic innovation and her stimulating and original approach to problems of visuality and the expression of collective emotion are at the heart of her art.

We are immensely pleased to have Cecilia as the first Artist in this Fall's series of Latin American Forum events. She will discuss her work in the context of a conversation with Edward J. Sullivan, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Art History and Deputy Director of the Institute of Fine Arts

April 14-15, 2017
ISLAA Symposium
Beyond the Symbolic: Art and Social Engagement in the Americas April 14–15, 2017


April 30, 2016
ISLAA Symposium
Realisms: Politics, Art, and Visual Culture in the Americas

May 3, 2016
Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Speaker: Luca Giuliani, Humboldt University and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin

March 4, 2016
Latin American Forum
A Dialogue About Antonio Dias
Panelists: Lilian Tone, curator, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Brian Bentley, PhD Candidate, IFA
Claudia Calirman, John Jay College, CUNY, Professor of Art History
Alejandra García, artistic director Galeria Nara Roesler, New York, and editor of Antonio Dias (2015)
Moderated by Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art; Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences


May 11, 2015
Jaime Davidovich: Pioneer in Video and Conceptual Art
Julieta Gonzalez, Adjunct Curator, Modern Art e São Paulo and Chief Curator, Júmex Collection, Mexico; (Curator of Jaime Davidovich: Adventures of the Avant-Garde on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts)
Carla Stellweg, Professor, School of Visual Arts and independent curator
Daniel Quiles, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of The Art Institute of Chicago
Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Watch video from "Jaime Davidovich: Pioneer in Video and Conceptual Art"

May 5, 2015
Digital Torres-García 
A special panel discussion on the Uruguayan modernist artist, Joaquín Torres-García, moderated by Edward J. SullivanHelen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Mari Carmen RamírezWortham Curator of Latin American ArtDirector, International Center for the Arts of the Americas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cecilia de Torres, Scholar and head of the catalogue raisonné project on artist 
Susanna Temkin, IFA PhD candidate and Research & Archive Specialist, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.

Watch Digital Torres-García online

March 10, 2015
A Round Table on Curating Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Americas
Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum
Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts, The Americas Society
Pablo León de la Barra, UBS MAP Curator of Latin American Art, Guggenheim Museum
Iria Candela, Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Modern Latin American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Randall Griffey, Associate Curator of Modern American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Moderated by Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art; Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences

February 5, 2015
Susan Aberth, Associate Professor of Art History, Bard College
The Visual Culture of Occultism: Surrealist Women Artists in Context


April 10, 2014
Linda Rodriguez, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Art History, New York University
History and Art in Early 19th Century Cuba

March 4, 2014
Roberto Tejada, Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Camera-Culture and Experience in São Paulo

September 9, 2014
Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present
A special panel in conjunction with the exhibition Bearing Witness: Art and Resistance in Cold War Latin America at John Jay College, curated by Roberto Visani, Estrellita B. Brodsky, and Pierre-Yves Linot, with the assistance of Lydia Shestopalova.
Joaquin Barriendos, Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Estrellita Brodsky, Independent Curator
Claudia Calirman, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jason Dubs
, Museum Research Consortium Project Manager, The Museum of Modern Art
Moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU

November 18, 2014
A Conversation with Marta Chilindrón and Edward J. Sullivan

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December 9, 2014
Conceptualism in Latin America: A Conversation with Luis Camnitzer, Alexander Alberro, and Robert Slifkin
Luis Camnitzer, Artist
Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History, Barnard College
Robert Slifkin, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU


October 1, 2013

Miriam Basilio
Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, New York University
The Evolving Canon: Latin American Art at MoMA 1945-55

October 23, 2013
Mexican Art in Focus: New Research in Mexican Art History, Celebrating the Publication of James Oles's ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN MEXICO
Speakers will include Edward J. Sullivan (Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art,Institute of Fine Arts, NYU), moderator, Barbara Mundy (Fordham University), Katherine Manthorne (CUYNY), Mary Coffey (Dartmouth), James Oles (Wellesley) 
Please note: This event will take place at the King Juan Carlos I Spain Center 
53 Washington Square, First-Floor Screening Room 
New York, NY 10012

November 5, 2013
Gabriela Rangel, Director, Visual Arts, The Americas Society
Art and Politics in Venezuela 1960-80