Spring 2012ARH366407EAColonial Art of New Spain

Spring 2012ARH366407EAColonial Art of New Spain - Art...

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Art History 3664 Colonial Art of New Spain (Section 07EA) Syllabus Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor University of Florida, Spring Semester, January 9–April 25, 2012 Mondays Period 6 (12:50–1:40) and Wednesdays Periods 6–7 (12:50–2:45) in Fine Arts C 201 Final exam: Thursday, May 3 rd 12:30–2:30 pm Email address: [email protected] Office telephone: 352-273-3070 Office: Fine Arts C 123 Office hours: Tuesdays Periods 3–4 (9:35–11:30) Course Description This course will examine the colonial art of Mexico and other territories within the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain. Though concerned primarily with the viceregal period (1535–1821), it will also consider art from the periods of European contact and Spanish conquest (early 16 th century), and conclude with art from the independence period (early 19 th century). While considering several important art movements, the course will introduce students to the major theoretical issues regarding New Spanish art and its interpretation. Expanded Course Overview While looking in detail at works of art from the territories of New Spain, the course will repeatedly address some important themes: Culture contact. What happened to the arts of this region as a result of the Spanish conquest? What artistic traditions were preserved and what was lost? Evangelization. How did European missionaries use art to further their aim of converting the native peoples of New Spain to Christianity? How did indigenous Amerindian artists adapt Christian art to their own ways of thinking? Hybridity. In what ways is the art of New Spain the product of multiple cultures? How did symbols convey meaning in the colonial context? The model of the periphery. How is New Spanish art different from the art of Spain or Europe? Is it just a provincial example of European art? What is the value of studying it? Gender Roles. What roles were available to women in New Spain? How did women subvert the expectations of their sex? How were masculinity and femininity articulated in New Spanish art? Race. How did the art of New Spain reflect and construct changing conceptions of race? What were the racial backgrounds of the artists and their patrons, and did that affect the art they created or commissioned? Goals Students will gain an awareness of the complex cultural interactions that occurred, and the hierarchies that developed, as a result of Spain’s conquest of a large part of North America. They will learn to recognize these interactions and hierarchies as they are expressed in works of visual art. Students will increase their sensitivity to diverse cultural backgrounds and learn that visual strategies are also diverse and culture- specific. Assigned Reading
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