Introduction to Latin American art
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB666
Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is an introductory survey of the art of Latin America. The term 'Latin America' covers a vast amount of cultures and geography. As an introductory class we can only focus on a few regions, mostly in Central and South America. It places focus on the arts of Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia and Brazil as well as the art and artists that connect themselves with Latin American diaspora.
The foundation of this course are the indigenous cultures of these regions. After looking at indigenous cultures including the Olmec, Maya, Diaguita and Inca the course moves into the colonial period to examine how art and culture changed through European force. We then see how revolutionaries used art to create cultural identity and resistance in the independence movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Throughout the class we explore the influence of these various factors on modern and contemporary artists like Tarsila do Amaral, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Marta Minujín, Doris Salcedo, Ana Mendieta, Lygia Clark, Clarissa Tossin, Rosana Paulino, Carolina Caycedo and Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
We also think about the culture concepts presented by museums, archeology and colonial history and how they might have shaped our notions of Latin American art, past and present. We even call into question the term 'Latin America' as a descriptor. Overall, the purpose of the course is to develop a foundational knowledge of the complex and fascinating issues present in the art of the cultures and artists who are related to this vast region of our world.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Archaeology, museums and piecing together a Latin American history
• Indigenous cultures, spiritual practices and the art produced
• Colonial force and the appropriation of symbols and beliefs
• Political and artistic revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries
• Post-colonialism and diaspora (terms which will be defined and explored in class).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the style and general subject matter of at least two modern and/or contemporary artists covered in the course
• Discuss some of the visual characteristics and/or symbols of some of the indigenous cultures covered in the course
• Explain what post-colonialism is and how it shows up in art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations, group discussions and some art historical readings. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB154 - Introduction to the Tate Modern.
Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.