LAS 381 • LATIN AMERICAN ART IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPHERE: 1945-PRESENT
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
We look at the art of Mexico, the Caribbean, but especially South American countries from two different frames of reference: those of Latin America, and those of the United States and Europe. Although the course begins with the late 1940's, the focus will be on the 1960's and after, when international exhibitions and biennials in and out of Latin America, made this art visible but also vulnerable to misreadings. The major centers of this action were Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, New York, and Paris were critics from different countries acted as mediators and exhibition jurors. How did the large survey exhibitions of this art in the United States - especially from the 1980's on-affect what people understood as " Latin American" art? How did conditions existing then, differ from today's multicultural, globalizing narratives and do art centers in contemporary Latin America answer to the same narratives? The course seeks to expose critical discrepancies between Latin America and the hegemonic art centers in addressing the art through the writings of Latin American and foreign cities. READINGS: include statements by artists and writings by M. Traba, G. Mosquera, N. Garcia Canclini, L. Camnitizer, R. Brito, F. Gullar, L. Alloway, B. Buchloh and others. Some reading knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is helpful but not required.