Arts of Latin America
An introduction to the arts and visual culture of what is now Latin America from the earliest monumental art traditions of prehistory to the present. This course is not a comprehensive survey of all traditions and movements of art and image making in Latin America, but rather a sampling of critical moments and monuments that is designed to serve as an introduction to this field of study. We will take a long view of enduring traditions as well as periods of rupture and crisis. Lecture and discussion will frequently center on the active roles of the arts in society, religion, and politics from the earliest Pre-Columbian settings to the present day. No prior knowledge of Latin American art history is expected. This course is designed for both majors and non-majors in the humanities and sciences.