Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2017
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam—the names are familiar, yet why are these influential artists frequently omitted from twentieth-century art curricula? This course will provide an in-depth discussion of these and other pivotal Latin American artists, in order to establish an alternative vision of modernism. Twentieth-century Latin American art evolved through a complex relationship with the European avant-garde. Some artists re-appropriated European trends and transformed them into a uniquely Latin American idiom, whereas other artists reacted against international modernist tendencies and developed original expressions of national identity. This course will address issues such as the relationship between social realism and politics, the expression of specific national identities versus the adoption of universal trends, the creation of an avant-garde in post-colonial societies, and the perception of the “fantastic” in Latin American art.
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.