Scholars from across the country will gather in Dallas for a University of North Texas symposium, The Politics of Taste in 18th– and 19th-Century Latin America, presented by the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 (Friday) at Bob Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. in Dallas.
The symposium grew out of a conference session titled “The Americanization of Neoclassicism in Latin America” at the 2009 College Art Association annual meeting in Los Angeles, said Paul Niell, UNT assistant professor of art history and symposium organizer.
Niell and Stacie G. Widdifield, professor of art history at the University of Arizona, later launched an edited anthology book project on the subject. The symposium in Dallas features contributors to the book, which is still in progress.
“The event exposes area and regional scholars, graduate students and the general public to the complexities involved in late colonial and early national art production in Latin America, particularly with respect to the use of classicism in the visual arts and the notion of buen gusto — or good taste — a mode of aesthetic discernment frequently mentioned in historical documents from this period,” Niell said.
Symposium speakers and topics are:
- Dr. Susan Deans-Smith, associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin: “Manuel Tolsá’s Equestrian Statue of Charles IV and the Politics of Taste in Late Colonial Mexico.”
- Dr. Ray Hernández-Durán, assistant professor of art history at the University of New Mexico: “The Equestrian Portrait of the viceroy, Bernardo de Gálvez: A Tale of Two Horses in Late Eighteenth-Century New Spain.”
- Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, associate professor of art history at UNT: “A Taste for Art in Late Colonial New Spain.”
- Dr. Paul Niell, assistant professor of art history at UNT: “El Templete: Classicism and the Dialectics of Colonial Urban Space in Early Nineteenth-Century Havana, Cuba.”
- Dr. Charles Burroughs, Elsie B. Smith Professor of Liberal Arts at Case Western Reserve University: “The Plantation Landscape and its Architecture: Classicism, Slavery, and Representation.”
- · Dr. Robert Bradley, assistant professor of art history at the University of Texas Pan American: “A Western Mirage on the Bolivian Altiplano.”
- · Dr. Magali Carrera, professor of art history at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: “From the History of the Conquest to the Conquest of History: Buen Gusto and Ignacio Cumplido’s Historia de la conquista de México.”
- Dr. Stacie G. Widdifield, professor of art history at the University of Arizona: “Buen Gusto and Classicism in the Late Nineteenth Century: An Appraisal in the Context of the 1881 Centennial of Mexico’s Academy of San Carlos.”
The event is organized by UNT faculty members Paul Niell and Kelly Donahue-Wallace and made possible by the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Humanities Texas, The Meadows Museum, UNT, Wells Fargo, Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the CVAD Gallery Visiting Artist and Scholar Committee. More information can be found at www.art.unt.edu/politicsoftaste.
What: The Politics of Taste in 18th– and 19th-Century Latin America: A University of North Texas Symposium
When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 17 (Friday)
Where: Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas