The Center for Latin American Visual Studies, CLAVIS: Modern + Contemporary Art, 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.

2015 Exhibition 

Faraway Brother Style: Walterio Iraheta. Upcoming exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection


This collection of photographs by Walterio Iraheta (El Salvador) depicts remittance culture and vernacular architecture in Central America. In a parody of the Taschen architecture series that includes New York Style, London Style, and Paris Style, the photo series Faraway Brother Style shows some of the ways in which money sent home by emigrant family members is spent on buildings that defy genres and blend disparate styles.

The artist will participate in the Lozano Long Workshop, from 3-5 PM.

Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1393922417575448/ (which includes a short reception)

Exhibition runs through June 5.


2014 Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art