George F. Flaherty
Assistant Professor — Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History
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- Phone: 512.232.5531
- Office: DFA 2.524
LAS 381 • Image, Affect, Archive
M 1200pm-300pm ART 3.434A
Affect is one of the keywords of contemporary critical thought. Scholars in the humanities now differentiate it from feeling, emotion, passion and sentiment—all corollaries in making sense of human experience. Born out of dissatisfaction with modernist as well as poststructuralist modes of analysis and informed by phenomenology, psychoanalysis and more recent insights, they seek to analyze not only ontology and aesthetics but also history, ethics and social justice, thereby breaking affect open and putting it to work in the public sphere. Affect can no longer thought to be individual, hermetic, excessive, ineffable, or exploitative. This seminar considers the following questions: How might images, still and moving, be read affectively and what are the politics of this viewership? What bodies of knowledge are archived in our corporeality and everyday that supplement or challenge the cognitive or linguistic? How might bodily movements and potentialities write rigorous new histories? And how might art and cinema history’s admittedly ocular-centric methods intervene on the affective turn?
Open to graduate students of all humanistic disciplines, with student projects not limited to Latin American or U.S. Latino topics.
LAS 327 • Mexican Art Since 1968
TTH 200pm-330pm DFA 2.204
As the recent opening of the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and the regularity with which articles about the city’s burgeoning art scene appear in the foreign press attest—albeit from differing vantage points—interest in contemporary art in Mexico has reached critical mass. After a brief survey of visual culture produced in the aftermath of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, this course examines key artists, artworks and critical debates from last 20 years in light of international aesthetic currents and kaleidoscopic political/economic conditions, the latter including: neoliberal restructuring of the economy (NAFTA), Zapatista insurgency in Chiapas (EZLN), and the defeat of single party rule (PRI).