Department of Art and Art History Research Centers

Center for Latin American Visual Studies

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The Center for Latin American Visual Studies [CLAVIS: Modern + Contemporary Art], is a focal point at The University of Texas for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art between the Americas. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is to build bridges that allow the exchange of ideas, resources, and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The goal of this initiative is to serve as a platform for horizontal exchanges with other centers in Latin America and other parts of the world. With resources that make it unique in the international context, the Center brings together the excellence of campus-wide scholars, museum and library professionals, associated faculty, and comprehensive collections, to outline a complex vision today of Latino/American art and its evolving modernity.

Goals for this new initiative will include the following objectives:

  • Advance knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary Latin American art
  • Serve as a network for art historians, artists, curators, students, institutions, and archives in the field of Latin American art
  • Establish dynamic and lasting partnerships with other Latin American art institutions
  • Create an active exchange program for artists, scholars, and professionals between the University of Texas and other international venues. (See Conferences of the Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art)
  • Maximize use of Latin American art resources of the University of Texas libraries, the Blanton Museum, and the Department of Art and Art History

Today, while other major universities and museums are committed to the area of Latin American art studies, none of these institutions have the depth and long established tradition of research and education across disciplines in the area of Latin American studies or the existing rich resources of the University of Texas. These resources include the following internationally leading programs:

  • Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts—with the country's first professorship and graduate program in Latin American art and one of a handful of colleges in the nation to offer graduate degrees in Latin American art
  • Benson Latin American Collection—the largest university library collection of Latin American materials in total number of volumes in the United States
  • Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies—one of the oldest Latin American Centers in the country
  • Blanton Museum collection of Latin American art—one of the country's most important and extensive collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art
  • Mesoamerica Center—with a focus on the arts, languages, and archaeology of Mesoamerican indigenous cultures, highlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of many faculty and students at UT Austin
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center—a remarkably diverse range of collections with objects that count in the tens of millions affording scholars unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary research
  • UT Press—one of the leading Latin American presses in the nation
  • Museum Studies Program in the College of Fine Arts—an emerging program at the university for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers as museum professionals

The Center is an initiative for the study of Latin American art to better leverage these many resources at the university. No other institute of higher learning has UT's exemplary track record in Latin American scholarship, nor the variety of resources in the field of Latin American art.

The Center seeks to establish institutional partnerships and an exchange program for artists, scholars, and professionals. In so doing, it seeks to be an active contributor to the development of Latin American art and culture, while simultaneously consolidating its leadership in the field.

Program Activities for the New Initiative for Latin American Art Studies

The initiative to further the study of Latin American art at the Center will provide the framework and opportunity to formalize past program activities and develop new ones designed to enhance the scope, quality, and relevance of scholarship as well as to broaden public interest in Latin American art. Proposed activities include:

  • Permanent Seminar, an open-ended research space dedicated to the creative production of knowledge about Latin American art bridging faculty, researchers, graduate students, artists, and curators
  • Collaborative research programs between the CLAVIS and Latin American universities and research institutions
  • Fellowships for scholars, artists, and curators, in the field of Latin American art to participate in an exchange program to visit the Center and other institutions in Latin America
  • Graduate research program in Latin American art history and visual studies
  • Publication series through UT Press
  • Academic symposia. Forums for emerging scholars and seminars
  • Research grants for undergraduate and graduate students from UT to visit Latin America

Each project will emphasize multinational collaboration across a variety of professions including scholars, art historians, artists, collectors, curators, critics, museum educators, and other professionals in the arts and the museum fields.  Collaboration with other institutions will be in the form of a partnership in which each contributor enjoys benefits equitably.

Such projects may yield any combination of a symposium, exhibition, or publication.  It is through these efforts as part of the initiative that the CLAVIS will make a serious, lasting contribution to the field of Latin American art, generating new, fresh ideas and relevant, stimulating scholarship.

Contacts

Dr. Andrea Giunta, Director
Professor, Latin American and Latino Art
Department of Art and Art History
The University of Texas at Austin
agiunta@mail.utexas.edu

Dr. George Flaherty , Associate Director
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latino Art
Department of Art and Art History
The University of Texas at Austin
gflaherty@mail.utexas.edu

Coordinators

Mari Rodriguez
PhD Student
maritere.rodriguez@gmail.com

Luis Vargas-Santiago
PhD Candidate
luisadrianvargas@gmail.com

Dorota Biczel
PhD Student
dorota@biczel.com

Sebastian Vidal
PhD Student
savidal@gmail.com

Mailing Address

CLAVIS: Center for Latin American Visual Studies
Department of Art and Art History
The University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd. Stop D1300
ART 3.434A
Austin, Texas 78712

clavis@austin.utexas.edu

+1 (512) 471 16 87 (phone)
+1 (512) 471 78 01 (fax)

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