From Colonial to Contemporary: 500 Years of Latin American Art
This course provides an overview of the history and development of different artistic traditions in Latin America, from the advent of the Europeans in 1492 to the present. The Americas have been a fertile ground for converging cultures, and this course explores the salient artistic practices that evolved from the blending of the Inca and Aztec Empires and the Mozarabic traditions of Moorish Spain and Portugal, as well as those from Northern Europe, Asia, and Africa. From the 16th and 17th centuries, gain exposure to Andean painting and sculpture, often referred to as the Cuzco school; the great gold objects and other decorative arts of the pre-Columbian era; and the New World baroque painting and architecture of Mexico and Central America. The course continues on to the 18th century, when new forms of expression emerged with increased travel between Europe and the Americas. Then, we arrive at the 20th century and the great muralists, such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco, as well as the indigenismo movement in Peru. In the later-20th and 21st centuries, the borders between countries have blurred, and an international movement personified by Guillermo Kuitca from Argentina and Gabriel Orozco from Mexico has emerged. The class briefly touches on issues affecting the trade in Latin American art, such as national patrimony laws and the Endangered Species Act.
You'll Walk Away with
- The ability to appraise Latin American art
- Knowledge of Latin American art styles and movements
- Prospective and practicing appraisers
- Art professionals and enthusiasts