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Tue, Feb 09


Interactive Online Lecture

Universalism or National Identity?

Bite-size lecture. Part of the course "A brief history of art in Latin America in the XX century".

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Universalism or National Identity?
Universalism or National Identity?

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Feb 09, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT

Interactive Online Lecture


About the event

You are invited to view the individual lectures of the course "A brief history of art in Latin America in the XX century". 

If you are interested in the whole course and decide to purchase it after your class the price of this class will be discounted from the full price of the course. 

About this Lecture: 

The avant-gardes in Latin America that developed during the 1920s delved into the paradox of pursuing the universal while striving to realise a national artistic identity. Despite their paradoxical aim, this tension allowed artists to explore a new spectrum of styles, mediums and languages that separated them from the European avant-gardes that most of them had previously studied. This lecture will focus on four nodes of their investigation, looking at Mexican, Argentinean, Uruguayan and Brazilian artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Anita Malfatti & Tarsila do Amaral.

About the Course:

This 6-week course will provide you with an overview of key historical elements that shaped the Latin-American art scene of the 20th Century. Despite the current debate over the use of the term "Latin American Art", art-historian Daniela Galan will guide an in-depth critical discussion on the patterns, dissonances, similarities and tensions that determined Latin America’s importance in the global contemporary art scene. Through the analysis of 50 artworks, we will study concepts such modernism; post-colonialism; the relationship between social realism and politics; universalism, primitivism and the construction of the fantastic; abstraction vs concretism; among others.

Each lesson which will include a one-hour lecture, one-hour Q&A discussion, and will be accompanied by a suggested reading list.

Session 1: Universalism or National Identity?

Session 2: Dream or Reality? Dismantling the fantastic.

Session 3: Chi'ixi: Indigenism or the gesture of returning the gaze.

Session 4: Creating Illusions: Geometric Abstraction & Op Art.

Session 5: Figuration, Expressionism and Environments

Session 6: Conceptualism as a political device.





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