Upon completion of this course, students will be able to|
1. describe, analyze, and contextualize key works in the history of art in Latin America
2. make connections between works across historical contexts
3. critically engage with debates on the relationship between art and resistance
4. reflect on the contemporary relevance of histories of art and resistance in Latin America
5. apply specific methods of art historical analysis.
They will also have developed skills in reading, speaking, research, and writing.
This course contributes to qualifications 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the BA Art History (see.
How does art materialize resistance? Since Europe’s colonial expansion and the meeting of “old” and “new” worlds, the region we now call Latin America has been a contested site of artistic production. It has given rise to innovative artistic strategies of resistance that continue to challenge art historical narratives and inspire artistic production. This course will survey key moments in the history of art in Latin America while focusing on art’s ability to articulate and contest power. In doing so, we will attend to our own position as students of art history in the Netherlands, which established a colonial presence in the Caribbean and South America. Topics of lectures and discussions will include: the survival of Indigenous ways of knowing through visual and material culture; the politics of race and representation in the construction of scientific knowledge; the reinvention of European styles and movements from the Baroque to De Stijl; and the merging of art and activism through new forms such as public art and protest art. In surveying these topics, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which histories of art and resistance in Latin American continue to influence contemporary artistic production across the world.