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Fall 2013-2014
ART 460 / LAS 460 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Theorizing the Archive in Latin American Art

Irene V. Small

A practicum for developing critical approaches to the use and interpretation of archival materials, with emphasis on the way archives have been deployed to construct the idea of Latin American art in the 20th and 21st centuries. Departing from recent developments such as digital meta-archives, the display of historical archives within contemporary art exhibitions, and the construction of new documentation centers, the class considers specific case studies alongside theoretical texts that explore how archives constitute institutional authority, how they produce their objects of study, and how we can narrate absences within them.

Sample reading list:
Héctor Olea and Mari Carmen Ramírez, Critical Documents of 20th C Latin American Art
Charles Merewether, The Archive, Documents of Contemporary Art
Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression
Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire
Nelly Richard, The Insubordination of Signs

Reading/Writing assignments:
A primary emphasis of this course is the development of individual research projects that articulate new methodologies for encountering, deploying, constructing, or historicizing Latin American archives. Topics should be selected in consultation with the instructor.

Design Project - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese helpful. For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23326 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:3 Limit:15