2017 AHSC Annual Conference 10.6.17 Teaching and Writing the Art Histories of Latin American Los Angeles at the Getty Center

Art Historians of Southern California Conference

Teaching and Writing the Art Histories of Latin American Los Angeles

GETTY CENTER, Museum Lecture Hall, 10.6.17 10am-3pm
Inspired by the Getty’s region-wide art initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this symposium considers the abundance of new knowledge generated by the PST LA/LA exhibitions, and how it will impact curricula, pedagogy, and future scholarship. Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, and Associate Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, will anchor the conversation with her keynote lecture.


Charlene Villaseñor Black, UCLA, Keynote Speaker

“Decolonizing Art History: Institutional Challenges and the Histories of Latinx and Latin American Art”


What are the states of Latinx and Latin American art history? How can decolonial methodologies encourage politically engaged scholarship and a radical new future for the study of Latinx and Latin American art?


Erin Aldana, University of San Diego


Using the exhibition “Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990″ as a case study, this paper analyzes the role of local art histories within a larger context, as well as the question of how to find common points across the art histories of vastly different countries.


Elizabeth Cerejido, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Félix González-Torres as a (Post)Latino Artist


My presentation will aim to re-orient the political activism in Felix Gonzalez Torres’ work, as well as his personal bicultural identity within a broader art historical legacy of iconoclastic Latino art groups and movements such as the Chicano collective, ASCO.
Karen Mary Davalos, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Chicana/o Remix: Rethinking Art Histories and Endgames


Investigating the hidden histories of Chicana/o art in Los Angeles, this paper documents previously ignored information that is made invisible by scholarly conventions for understanding artists of color, their cultural production, and the exhibitions that feature their



 Carolyn J. Schutten, University of California Riverside

“Voids of the Aggregate: Materializing Ethnic Mexicans in Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture in Southern California”


Drawing on newspaper articles, old photographs, work rosters, and cement factory archives, this presentation interrogates the terms “Spanish” and “Mexican,” examines notions of racialized building materials, and explores the social history of ethnic Mexicans who constructed Mission Revival and SCR architecture.


Catherine Spencer, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Networked Histories: Systems Art in ‘Latin America’Teaching and Writing the Art Histories of Latin American Los Angeles


Taking as its starting point the 1971 exhibition Arte de Sistemas (Systems Art), organized by the Centro de Arte y Comunicación (Cayc) in Buenos Aires at the Museo de Arte Moderno, this paper explores the networked model of artistic interrelation elaborated by this project and its curator Jorge Glusberg, through which conceptual and performance practitioners based in Los Angeles and Southern California were linked to a range of artists working in Latin America and Europe.


Gina McDaniel Tarver, Texas State University

Recollecting and Connecting Overlooked Art of Cali/Cali: Alicia Barney and Women Environmental Artists of California


This paper places the work of Colombian artist Alicia Barney—a pioneer of ecological art in Latin America—within a broader framework of “ecofeminism” by comparing her environmentally-focused work of the late 1970s and early 1980s to that of women working during the approximately the same period in California, such as Betty Beaumont and Jo Hanson.


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