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  • Lisa Trever

    Assistant Professor

    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

    • Location:

      421 Doe Library
      Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00pm or by appointment

    • Contact:

      Tel: (510) 642-1187
      e: ltrever@berkeley.edu

    • More info:

      Download Trever's CV (as a pdf)

  • Bio

    Lisa 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 wall painting, architecture, social praxis, and visual experience in ancient Peru. 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.
    Presently, she is preparing a book manuscript entitled Moche Murals and Archaeo-Art History: Image Studies in Ancient Peru. She is also co-editing a volume entitled 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, Peru. Other works in progress include essays on 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, as well as topics in visual studies and anthropology of art. Recent course offerings include: Theories & Methods for a Global History of Art (co-taught with Prof. Fricke and Prof. Ray); Arts of Latin America; Latin American Art: Before Columbus; Mural Painting and the Ancient Americas; and Picturing the New World: Illustrated Manuscripts in Early Colonial Mexico and Peru. She advises and co-advises graduate students in ancient to early modern Latin American art history and in anthropology of art. 


  • Select publications

    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, forthcoming 2017).

    "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. 

    "Las pinturas del centro olvidado de Pañamarca," in El Top Anual de los Grandes Descubrimientos del Perú (Lima: Ministerio de Cultura and Perú Explorer, forthcoming). 

    "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.