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ARHI.3250: Studies in Latin American Art

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print showing two stylized profiles touching
La Luna (1989), by Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919 - 1990).
Lithograph on paper, 19.75 x 13.75"
Lehigh University Art Galleries Permanent Collection
Used under Artstor Terms and Conditions

This course introduces students to rich and varied artistic traditions and visual culture that developed in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. From the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, Latin America experienced enormous social, economic, and cultural changes that are reflected in art and architecture. Along the way, we will critically engage with the history and the legacies of colonialism that have outlived the European colonialism in Latin America. Students will be enabled to appreciate and approach works of art through a range of approaches that consider artistic traditions in terms of issues such as race, gender, disability, and feminist studies among others. Latin America remains a lively and dynamic region of the world to study and the last unit of the class focused on the contemporary period will familiarize students with artists working in Latin America today.


Read Holloway, “Latin America: What’s in a Name?”

Read Walsh, "The Decolonial For: Resurgences, Shifts, and Movements"