Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Mar 20, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 6161 - [Visual Cultures of the Andes]

(crosslisted) LATA 6161  
Next Offered: 2020-2021. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ARTH 4161 /LATA 4161 /VISST 4161 .

A. Cohen-Aponte.

This seminar focuses on visual and performative cultures of the Andes from the Inca empire (ca. 1438-1534) to the present day. It traces the modalities of culture, power, and representation in the framing of Andean pasts and presents by tracing the social lives of images in Andean South America, which encompasses parts of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. We will analyze a range of visual material, including textiles, paintings, photographs, and even tourist brochures to understand the dynamics of image-making and image consumption in the Andes. Given the seminar’s broad temporal scope, we will embark on a series of case studies that serve to contextualize each historical moment of artistic production, from the Inca and colonial periods to the postcolonial period spanning the 19th century to the present. The final section of the course focuses on the politics of marketing “Andeanness” to contemporary audiences through museum displays, folkloric performances, and tourism. Readings will be drawn from an array of disciplines, including art history/visual culture studies, and anthropology.

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