Elements of Latin American Art - HART8005

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This module introduces students to the art and cultures of Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Students will explore non-Western artistic traditions, practices and theoretical frameworks, and consider art's relation to society. The art works considered are drawn from various countries across Latin America and represent a wide range of visual art forms (with a focus on the art of the Twentieth Century) and assess both their formal analysis and their historical context. Attention will also be given to the Latin American diaspora and transatlantic exchanges. In the course of these investigations issues relating to imperialism, colonialism and post-colonial frameworks across theory and practice will be closely studied, as well as the challenges artists face in negotiating expressions of national identities and problematics versus the adoption of international styles; and the role of collections, exhibitions and art institutions within and beyond national borders.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Total private study hours: 252
Total module study hours: 300


Optional for MA History & Philosophy of Art and the MA Curating

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Presentation (10 mins plus supporting documentation) – 20%
Creative Portfolio (2500 words)) – 40%
Essay (3000 words) – 40%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html.

Indicative list:
Ades, D., Brett, G. et al. (1989) Art in Latin America: the modern era, 1820-1980, New Haven: Yale UP
Baddeley, O., Fraser, V. (1989) Drawing the line: art and cultural identity in contemporary Latin America, London: Verso
Barnitz, J., Frank, P. (2015) Twentieth-century art of Latin America, Austin: U of Texas P
Frank, P. (2004) Readings in Latin American Modern Art, New Haven: Yale UP
Giunta, A. (2007), Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics: Argentine Art in the Sixties, Durham: Duke UP
Greet, M. (2018) Transatlantic encounters: Latin American artists in Paris between the wars , New Haven: Yale UP
Greet, M., McDaniel Traver, G. (eds) (2018), Art Museums of Latin America: Structuring Representation, London: Routledge
Kotsopoulos, N. (ed.) (2010), Contemporary Art in Latin America, London: Black Dog Publishing
Montgomery, H. (2017) The mobility of modernism: art and criticism in 1920s Latin America, Austin: U of Texas P
Sullivan, E. (2018) The Americas revealed: collecting colonial and modern Latin American art in the United States, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State UP
Traba, M. (1994) Art of Latin America 1900-1980, Baltimore: John Hopkins UP
Vicario, N. (2020), Hemispheric integration: materiality, mobility, and the making of Latin American art, Oakland: U of California P

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of Latin American art and cultures, and of major art movements in the region.
2. Apply art historical methods to describe, compare, and analyse works of Latin American art, recognise their formal/stylistic traits and innovations, and critically situate them within their context of production, and within the global context.
3. Understand and evaluate the interrelations between art and politics in different Latin American countries, and the impact of class, race and gender
4. Critically reflect on the role of collections, exhibitions and the institutions of art within and beyond national borders.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of issues of imperialism, colonialism and the 'centre/periphery' debate and critically apply them in the examination of artistic production.
6. Compare and evaluate Western and non-Western artistic influences and theoretical frameworks regarding art's aesthetic and social dimension.
7. Assess how artists, curators and theoreticians negotiate postcolonial perspectives and develop decolonising practices
8. Produce an extended analysis of aspects of Latin American art demonstrating critical and theoretical rigour.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Deploy a range of subject-specific theories, concepts and terminology.
2. Demonstrate skills of visual and historical analysis, and critical thinking.
3. Develop and apply transferable skills of bibliographical and independent research, reasoning with evidence and team work.
4. Effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing, and formulate and sustain well-structured and coherent arguments.
5. Utilise and evaluate sources as appropriate, including primary and secondary material, online resources and museum collections.
6. Appreciate international contexts and draw fruitful comparisons to their own.
7. Critically comment on international scholarship and methodology, and find solutions to problems through analysis and synthesis.
8. Reflect on and conceptualise their understanding and manage their learning by identifying their learning dispositions and successfully applying them in independent research and coursework.
9. Demonstrate advanced research and presentation skills.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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