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Tuesdays, October 3 – October 24, 1 – 3pm


Wilfredo Lam. The Jungle (detail), 1943. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. © 2023 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

The 20th century was a period of tremendous artistic innovation, political change, and social transformation in Latin America. This course provides an overview of the major artistic movements and artists, with a focus on Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. We will consider how Latin American artists—Tarsila do Amaral, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Wifredo Lam, among others—explored issues native to their local contexts while engaging with and contributing to international avant-garde art movements. The course is divided into four principal units: Early Modernism, Mexican Muralism, Surrealism, and Geometric Abstraction.

Capacity: 100

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

Wilfredo Lam. The Jungle, 1943. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. © 2023 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


Mey-Yen Moriuchi

Moriuchi is associate professor of art history at La Salle University, specializing in cultural encounters and representations of racial, social, and national identities in Latin American art from the 18th to 20th century. She received her BA in art history and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of Mexican Costumbrismo: Race, Society, and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Art (Penn State University Press; 2018).

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