About the Class
The 20th century was a period of tremendous artistic innovation, political change, and social transformation in Latin America. This course will provide an overview of the major artistic movements and artists in Latin American modern art with a focus on Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. We will consider how Latin American artists—Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and José Clemente Orozco, among others—explored issues native to their local contexts while engaging with and contributing to international avant-garde art movements. The course will be divided into four principal units: Early Modernism, Mexican Muralism, Surrealism, and Geometric Abstraction.
Wilfredo Lam. The Jungle, 1943. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
Moriuchi is associate professor of art history at La Salle University, where she specializes 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).