Art And Humanities
ART2370
Arts of Latin America

The following is a Saylor.org art history course. A chronological and thematic survey of the major themes and developments in the history of Latin American art, this course traces the evolution of visual culture over approximately four millennia. Organized into three parts, the course begins with the pre-Columbian period (1800 BC to AD 1492), moves into the years of European contact and conquest (AD 1492 to 1800), and concludes with an overview of modern and contemporary art across the Americas. You will learn to identify and describe works of art and discuss the broader historical and social contexts in which they were produced and circulated.

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Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-18...

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Art of Latin America, 1900-1980 - Inter-American D...

Unit 1: The Ancient Ameri...

A survey of the major arts and architecture of the pre-Columbian world, this unit introduces Mesoamerican and Andean cultures from the earliest known civilizations to the time of European contact and conquest. The unit proceeds chronologically within each region, setting out “mother cultures,” the Olmec and the Chavín, then traces the continuation of artistic, ritual, social, and cultural practices in later civilizations. Seeking to debunk popular myths, from the Mayan apocalypse to the Nazca lines, the unit explores the richness of the pre-Hispanic tradition through study of such topics as the colossal Olmec heads, the monumental pyramids at Teotihuacán, and Inca stonework at Machu Picchu.

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Unit 1 Outline: The Ancient Americas

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1.1 Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art, Part 1 - Pe...

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1.1 John Pohl’s Mesoamerica webpage on an Introduc...

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1.2.1 Dumbarton Oaks text on The Olmec

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1.2.2 The Metropolitan Museum of Art webpage on Te...

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1.2.2 UNESCO film on Teotihuacán, Part 2

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1.2.3 Walter R. T. Witschey and Clifford T. Brown'...

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1.2.3.1 Royal Courts and Ceramics, Part 1 - Tikal ...

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1.2.3.1 National Geographic Society iTunes U lectu...

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1.2.3.1 Royal Courts and Ceramics, Part 3 - Mayan ...

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1.2.3.2 Culture, Part 1 - weblog on Maya script an...

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1.2.3.2 Culture, Part 2 - Sport, Spectacle and Pol...

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1.2.4 Northwestern University iTunes U lecture on ...

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1.2.4 Manuel Aguilar-Moreno webpage on The Aztecs,...

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1.3 The Andean World - Prehistory of the Andean Pe...

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1.3.1 James Q. Jacobs webpage on The Chavín, Part...

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1.3.1 Stanford University webpage on The Chavín, P...

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1.3.1 James Q. Jacobs' webpage on The Chavín, Part...

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1.3.2 Paracas & Nasca, Part 1 - Textile - BBC

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1.3.2 Paracas & Nasca, Part 2 - Lines and Geoglyph...

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1.3.3 Moche, Part 1 - Las Huacas del Sol y de la L...

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1.3.3 National Geographic Society article on Moche...

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1.3.3 Moche, Part 3 - Moche Decorated Ceramics - M...

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1.3.4 The Inca, Part 1 - SUNY Oneonta webpage

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1.3.4 National Geographic Society iTunes U lecture...

Unit 2: Colonial Encounte...

The “discovery” of the New World in the late fifteenth century by Spain and Portugal inaugurated an unprecedented period of cultural encounters stimulated by the arrival of Europeans and, later, Africans to the Americas. This unit examines a range of artworks – textiles and decorative arts, religious and viceregal architecture, painting and sculpture – that represent the diversity and, no less, the challenges of cross-cultural engagements. We will consider such themes as “New World,” or creole, identities, syncretism and hybridity, and colonialism and independence in artworks from Mexico, Peru, and Brazil.

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Unit 2 Outline: Colonial Encounters

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2.1 Introduction to Colonial Art - The Colonial He...

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2.2.1 Making Sense of the Pre-Columbian webpage

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2.2.2 Reckoning with Mestizaje, Part 1

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2.2.2 Reckoning with Mestizaje, Part 2 - Thinkshee...

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2.2.3 Political Force of Images

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2.3.1 Patterns of the Everyday

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2.3.2 The Mechanics of an Art World, Part 1

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2.3.2 The Mechanics of an Art World, Part 2 - Thin...

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2.3.3 Otherworldly Visions - overview and images

Unit 3: The Modern Americ...

The emergence of modernism defined modern Latin American art over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Beginning with the early constructions of American identities by European “traveler-reporter” artists, modern Latin American art described changing cultural and historical landscapes from Mexico to the Southern Cone. This unit introduces Latin American avant-gardes beginning with the acclaimed Mexican muralists and continuing through modernist stirrings in Brazil and Argentina. The unit concludes with an overview of contemporary Latin American and Latino art and a reflection on broad, course-wide themes relating to the history and present-day identities of Latin American art.

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Unit 3 Outline: The Modern Americas

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3.1 Introduction to the Modern Era, Part 1 - Shapi...

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3.1 Introduction to the Modern Era, Part 2 - The O...

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3.1 Introduction to the Modern Era, Part 3 - Paths...

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3.1 Inter-American Development Bank webpage on I...

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3.2 The Nineteenth Century, Part 1 - Recording Civ...

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3.2 The Nineteenth Century, Part 2 - Modern Museum...

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3.3.1 Inter-American Development Bank webpage on M...

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Mexican Muralists gallery talk with Ursula Davila-...

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3.3.2 Inter-American Development Bank webpage on M...

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3.3.2 Modern Avant-Gardes, Part 2 - Literature and...

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3.3.2 Modern Avant-Gardes, Part 3 - Xul Solar: Vis...

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3.3.2 Cecilia De Torres' webpage on Modern Avant-G...

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3.3.2 Modern Avant-Gardes, Part 5 - Frida Kahlo: R...

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3.4.1 Blanton Museum webpage on Geometric Abstract...

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3.4.1 ArtNexus entry on Geometric Abstraction, Par...

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3.4.1 ArtNexus entry on Geometric Abstraction, Par...

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3.4.2 Pop, Political Art and Conceptualism, Pt 1

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3.4.2 ArtNexus entry on Pop, Political Art and Con...

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3.4.2 Pop, Political Art and Conceptualism, Pt 3 -...

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3.4.2 ArtNexus entry on Pop, Political Art and Con...

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3.4.3 Inter-American Development Bank webpage on P...

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3.4.3 ArtNexus webpage on Postmodern Trends, Part ...

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3.5 iTunes U Smithsonian American Art Museum Lectu...

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3.6 ArtJournal webpage on Latin American Art Today...

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3.6 ArtNexus webpage on Latin American Art Today, ...