Pre-Columbian and Latin American Art, Visual Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2013
A.M., Harvard University, 2007
M.A., University of Maryland, 2005
B.A., Yale University, 2000
BioLisa Trever is an art historian and archaeologist whose research focuses on the interpretation, contextualization, and circulation of art and imagery in South America since antiquity. At UC Berkeley she is affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Archaeological Research Facility. Her current research project is an interdisciplinary study of mural art in ancient Peru. This work was featured in Archaeology magazine. Other research focuses on the historiography and reception of Pre-Columbian art and culture from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. Her research has been supported by grants from the Hellman Family Fund, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and the Fulbright-Hays program.
Her first book, The Archaeology of Mural Painting at Pañamarca, Peru, was published in 2017 by Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute of Harvard University. Presently, she is preparing a second book manuscript, entitled Image Encounters: Moche Murals and Archaeo Art History. She is also co-editing the volume Arte antes de la historia: Para una historia del arte andino antiguo (Art before History: Toward a History of Ancient Andean Art), to be published in Lima. Other works in progress include essays on the incompatibilities of ancient American art and modern objectivities; imagination and verism in Moche visual culture; ancient graffiti and visual perception; and historiography as archaeological methodology.Trever teaches classes on Latin American art history across time periods, as well as topics in visual studies and anthropology of art. She advises and co-advises graduate students in Pre-Columbian, colonial Latin American, and global early modern art history.She especially welcomes interest from prospective graduate students in Pre-Columbian art.
Select publications“A Moche Riddle in Clay: Object Knowledge and Art Work in Ancient Peru,” The Art Bulletin (forthcoming).The Archaeology of Mural Painting at Pañamarca, Peru (with contributions by Jorge Gamboa, Ricardo Toribio, and Ricardo Morales) (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Trustees for Harvard University, 2017)."Las pinturas del centro olvidado de Pañamarca," in El Top Anual de los Grandes Descubrimientos del Perú, edited by Jorge Sánchez (Lima: Ministerio de Cultura and Perú Explorer, 2017), 422–431."Criminal Lines, Indian Colours, and the Creation of a Black Legend: The Photographs of 'Los Bandidos de la Halancha', Bolivia," History of Photography 40, no. 4 (2016): 369-387."La pintura mural mochica y la ortodoxia pictórica en Pañamarca," in Moche y sus vecinos. Reconstruyendo identitades, edited by Cecilia Pardo and Julio Rucabado (Lima: Museo de Arte de Lima, 2016), 160–163, 230–231."The Artistry of Moche Mural Painting and the Ephemerality of Monuments," in Making Value, Making Meaning: Techné in the Pre-Columbian World, edited by Cathy L. Costin (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2016), 253–279.“A Moche Feathered Shield from the Painted Temples of Pañamarca, Peru” (with Jorge Gamboa Velásquez, Ricardo Toribio Rodríguez, and Flannery Surette), Ñawpa Pacha; Journal of Andean Archaeology 33, no. 1 (2013): 103–118.“The Uncanny Tombs in Martínez Compañón’s Trujillo del Perú,” in Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas, edited by Joanne Pillsbury (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2012), 106–140.“Idols, Mountains, and Metaphysics in Guaman Poma’s Pictures of Huacas,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60 (2011): 39–59.“Martínez Compañón and his Illustrated ‘Museum’” (with Joanne Pillsbury), in Collecting across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World, edited by Daniela Bleichmar and Peter Mancall (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), 236–253, 325–332.“The King, the Bishop, and the Creation of an American Antiquity” (with Joanne Pillsbury), Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology 29 (2008): 191–219.