The Center for Latin American Visual Studies, CLAVIS, is a key point at The University of Texas at Austin for advancing the understanding of modern and contemporary art in the Americas. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is to build bridges that allow for a horizontal exchange of ideas, resources, and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. With resources that make it unique in the international context, the Center brings together the excellence of scholars from diverse disciplines, museum and library professionals, associated faculty, and comprehensive collections, in order to articulate a complex contemporary vision of Latino / American art and its evolving modernity. Goals for this new initiative include:

  • To advance knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art through the Forums, Permanent Seminar, Lectures, and Exhibitions.
  • To serve as a network for art historians, artists, curators, students, institutions, and archives in the field of Latin American and Latino art.
  • To establish dynamic and lasting partnerships with other Latin American art institutions.
  • To create an active exchange program between The University of Texas at Austin and other international venues for artists, scholars, and professionals.
  • To maximize the use of Latin American art resources at the University of Texas Libraries, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Department of Art and Art History.


2016 Art History Department Lecture Series, co-sponsored by CLAVIS

Dr. Rafael Cardoso (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro/Freie Universität, Berlin):

“White Skin, Black Masks: Brazilian Modernism Between the Native and the Exotic”

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm

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Rafael Cardoso (Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, 1995) is the author of numerous books on the history of Brazilian art and design, among which Design para um mundo complexo (2012); Impresso no Brasil, 1808-1930: Destaques da história gráfica no acervo da Biblioteca Nacional (2009); and A arte brasileira em 25 quadros (1790-1930)(2008). He is also active as an independent curator, including the major recent exhibitions: Do Valongo à Favela: Imaginário e periferia (Museu de Arte do Rio, 2014);Rio de Imagens: Uma paisagem em construção (Museu de Arte do Rio, 2013); and From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century (Somerset House, London, 2012). He is a member of the postgraduate faculty of the Instituto de Artes/Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and presently resides in Germany, teaching at the Freie Universität, Berlin, and the Universität Hamburg.


2015 Art History Department Lecture Series, co-sponsored by CLAVIS

Dr. Andrea Noble (Durham University):

“Tears in Mexico: Emotions, Crisis, and the Social Compact”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:30-6:30pm

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2015 Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art

Dr Andrea Noble (Durham University):

“Cold War Camera: Transnational Visual Networks”

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-8pm


Andrea Noble is a Latin Americanist with research interests in visual culture studies — particularly film and photography — and Mexican cultural history. Her work to date has engaged with a range of methodological approaches, including those derived from feminist and gender studies, cultural memory, history of the emotions, reception and spectatorship, semiotics, and visual anthropology. She’s an author of three books: Photography and Memory in Mexico: Icons of Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2010), Mexican National Cinema (Routledge, 2005) and Tina Modotti: Image, Texture, Photography (University of New Mexico Press, 2000).

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