School of Art + Art History

Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH)

Lecture

Beyond Biography: Artistic Practice and Personhood in Colonial Latin America
Fall 2019 Symposium

October 10, 2019 / 6:00 pm / University of Florida, Smathers 100 [Keynote Lecture]

October 11, 2019 / 9:30 am - 5:00 pm / University of Florida, Harn Museum of Art [Additional Talks and Discussion]

What was the nature of artistic work in colonial Latin America? This symposium gathers leading scholars to think about artistic subjectivity without focusing on names or “life’s work.” We will consider artistic personhood and practice within social structures, in relation to medium, and as determined by gender, age, and race. We strive for a greater understanding of colonial Latin American art itself, as well as of the human agency that brought it into being.

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Susan V. Webster

The Human Element: Painters and the Profession in Early Colonial Quito

Susan V. Webster, Professor Emerita of Art History and American Studies, College of William & Mary

What’s in a name? The historiography of colonial Latin American art is rife with lamentations over the widespread anonymity of early colonial painters. Yet, should naming matter? Can it help us better understand colonial painters, their profession, and, by extension, the images they produced? This talk focuses on painters in early colonial Quito in order to examine issues related to the politics of naming, artistic agency, professional practices, and the European “life-work” model of art historical inquiry. Far from establishing a “canon” along European lines or tempting us to parse hybridity in the images themselves, the archival recovery of named painters and aspects of their lives offers fragmentary but compelling insights into the human element that remains largely invisible in early colonial paintings.

 Additional Speakers and Talk Titles 

A Claim for Craft in the Development of Artists’ Rights

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida


The Artist-Cartographers of the Uppsala Map of Mexico-Tenochtitlan (c. 1540)

Jennifer Saracino, Assistant Professor of Art History, Flagler College


Angelina Martina: A Tlatelolca Merchant or a Feather Artisan?

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, University of Florida


The Power of Expertise: Artists as Arbiters of the Miraculous in Colonial Latin America

Derek Burdette, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Florida


Academic Ambitions in New Spain

Aaron M. Hyman, Assistant Professor of Art History, Johns Hopkins University


The Face of the Virgin and the Hand of the Artist: Thinking about Anonymity in Colonial South America

Emily Floyd, Lecturer in History of Art, University College London


Art-Making and Art-Breaking in the Era of Tupac Amaru

Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University

Lecture

Providing for the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt and Early China
Dr. Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of History, University of California Santa Barbara
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

Ancient Egypt and China are both recognized for their elaborate visual and material culture associated with the afterlife transition. This talk explores comparable developments in the two mortuary traditions, including the use of miniature figurines and architectural models, expressions of scribal identity, and the association of board-games with paradisiacal realms.

Reception to Follow.

Lecture

Roberto Obregón: Achroma Vanitas
Luis Pérez-Oramas, Independant Scholar and Director Instituto Roesler
Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

This HESCAH lecture on the work of Venezuelan artist Roberto Obregón is presented in conjunction with the following exhibitions at the University of Florida: Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Roberto Obregón Archive from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection at University Gallery, and Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Works by Roberto Obregón from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collectionat the Harn Museum of Art.

Museum Nights to Follow. For more information see: harn.ufl.edu/museumnights

Lecture

The Anxiety of Disruption: Women Artists and Creativity
Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts
Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

This lecture inaugurates the series “Art’s Inclusive Histories: In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.”For Spring 2020, HESCAH commemorates the centennial by featuring gender and/or women-centered research with an eye to its intersectional, transnational and intergenerational complexity in the arts. Dean Becker launches the series with her reflections on gender and anxiety, women and creativity. 

Reception to Follow.

Lecture

Louise Nevelson's Palace
Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson lectures on the work of Louise Nevelson, the Ukrainian-American sculptor whose career intersected with the feminist art movement. Her talk focuses particularly on Mrs. N’s Palace (1964-77), Nevelson’s largest sculpture. Comprised of some hundred found objects, painted black, the work echoes both public monument and intimate, domestic environ.

Reception to Follow.

Lecture

Gendering Abolition in the Eighteenth Century or How Black Female Figures Embodied Freedom
Anne Lafont, Professor, EHESS, l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.
Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

The talk will address the issues of representation in the rare examples of black female figures during the long 18th Century. The point will be to question how, in the colonial iconography, their bodies were, or not, connected to the female personification of ideas through european art's allegorical tradition and how, in this perspective, violence was, or not, involved in the visualization of slavery and emancipation in the French revolutionary images. 

Reception to Follow.

Lecture

Afro-Atlantic, Neo-Romantic: Reflections on Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Kobena Mercer, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University
Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 06:00 pm
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

Nigeria-British artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989) created his entire oeuvre in the six years between his 1983 return to the UK after studying in New York and his HIV-related death in London 1989. How should be best understand the timeless nature of his photographs, which are as freshly challenging today as they were over thirty years ago? Taking into account Fani-Kayode's writings and those of his life-partner, Alex Hirst, this lecture explores the different understanding of temporality in 'classical' and 'romantic' traditions as a background to weighing up which concept fits best for understanding Fani-Kayode's commitment to cross-cultural aesthetics--is it hybridity, syncretism or transculturation?

Reception to Follow.

DateDetailsEvent Type


Beyond Biography: Artistic Practice and Personhood in Colonial Latin America

Fall 2019 Symposium
Lecture
Tue, Oct 29, 2019
06:00 pm

Providing for the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt and Early China

Dr. Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of History, University of California Santa Barbara
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Lecture
Thu, Nov 14, 2019
06:00 pm

Roberto Obregón: Achroma Vanitas

Luis Pérez-Oramas, Independant Scholar and Director Instituto Roesler
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Lecture
Thu, Feb 20, 2020
06:00 pm

The Anxiety of Disruption: Women Artists and Creativity

Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Lecture
Thu, Mar 12, 2020
06:00 pm

Louise Nevelson's Palace

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at University of California, Berkeley
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Lecture
Mon, Mar 23, 2020
06:00 pm

Gendering Abolition in the Eighteenth Century or How Black Female Figures Embodied Freedom

Anne Lafont, Professor, EHESS, l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Lecture
Thu, Apr 16, 2020
06:00 pm

Afro-Atlantic, Neo-Romantic: Reflections on Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Kobena Mercer, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
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