Cite, Site, Sights

Dispatches on Latin American art and culture

August 23, 2017

Female Eyes on South America: Maria Sibylla Merian in Surinam, 1699–1701

Katherine Manthorne relates the adventures of a groundbreaking traveler artist, Maria Sibyla Merian. With her magnum opus, The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam, published in 1705, Merian left an unparalleled verbal and visual record of of indigenous insects that she and her daughter, Dorothea Graff, studied and described while traveling in Surinam, also known as Dutch Guiana.

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August 14, 2017

Variations on the Task of Photography

Sandra Pinardi discusses three photographers—Claudio Perna, Paolo Gasparini, and Alfredo Cortina—whose work transcends what Vilem Flusser has characterized as the production of “technical images” to produce images that subvert photography’s assumed documentary function and reinvent the medium.

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July 21, 2017

Female Eyes on South America: Maria Graham

Traveling in Chile and Brazil in the early nineteenth century, Maria Graham distinguished herself as a naturalist, diarist, and artist, bringing her first-hand visual and verbal accounts of her journeys to a fascinated audience back home in England. Art historian Katherine Manthorne provides an overview of Graham's remarkable accomplishments.

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June 28, 2017

Viceregal Art from a Cosmopolitan Hub

In this third installment, Dennis Carr, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, speaks about how the CPPC’s gift of colonial works from Venezuela will be contextualized within the 53 galleries of the Museum's celebrated Art of the Americas Wing.

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June 22, 2017

Private Devotions, Public Pleasures

Viceregal Art in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

In this second installment in a series, Rosario Granados, the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator of Spanish Colonial Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, writes about how the CPPC’s gift of colonial objects that were made to be used in acts of private devotion coincides with an important long-term loan...

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May 11, 2017

Trans-American Landscape Art

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros & Olana in dialogue in the exhibition OVERLOOK

Traveler artists who worked in Latin America in the 17th to 19th centuries are often thought of as belonging to discrete national schools. Art historian Katherine Manthorne discusses the ways in which their work in fact occupies a more expansive and fluid internationality.

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April 4, 2017

Gray Works

A Document and Meditation

Sandra Pinardi identifies “gray works” as works of art situated on a borderland that blurs the line between poetry and document, theory and aesthetic expression, and the subjective personal gesture and objective scientific research. Through selected examples from contemporary art, Pinardi elaborates upon the complexity and multivalence of “gray works” and their interconnections...

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