Spanish 425 Latin American Visual Arts


Instructor: Gustavo Fares


Office: Main Hall 321  Phone: 6691    E-mail:

Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00 or by appointment

Required Texts

Edward Lucie-Smith. Arte latinoamericano del Siglo XX .

Images are available @:  U:\Class_Share\spanish\SPAN576

Recommended Texts (in reserve at the Library):

  • Tate Glossary:
  • Ades, Dawn. Art in Latin America: the modern era, 1820-1980. Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
  • Amador Gómez-Quintero, Raysa Elena and Mireya Pérez Bustillo. The female body: perspectives of Latin American artists.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
  • Baddeley, Oriana and Valerie Fraser. Drawing the line: art and cultural identity in contemporary Latin America. London; New York: Verso, 1989.
  • Barnitz, Jacqueline. Twentieth-century art of Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001.
  • Bethell, Leslie. A cultural history of Latin America: literature, music, and the visual arts in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Cockcroft, James D. y Jane Canning Latino Visions: Contemporary Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American Artists. New York: Franklin Watts, 2000.
  • Fletcher, Valerie. Crosscurrents of Modernism. Four Latin American Pioneers. Diego Rivera, Joaquín Torres García, Wilfredo Lam, Matta. Washington, D.C.: Hishhorn Museum, 1992.
  • Gutiérrez, Ramón, and Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales. Historia del arte iberoamericano. España: Lunwerg, 2000.
  • Lindsay, Arturo. Santería aesthetics in contemporary Latin American art. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
  • Oettinger, Marion Miguel Bretos, Carolyn Carr, Elizabeth Benson. Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits. San Diego: San Diego Museum of Art, 2005.
  • Ramírez, Mari Carmen and Héctor Olea. Inverted utopias: avant-garde art in Latin America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Lucie-Smith Website:

 Course Description
A broad introduction to Latin American cultures through its visual arts. The course surveys major movements and artists in Latin American art from the early nineteenth-century to the present, alongside selected literary and documentary texts and films. Slide-based lectures will be accompanied by the discussion of visuals and thematically related texts (i.e. biographies, letters, scholarly articles on the topic), and carefully selected fragments of videos.

Diversity Requirement II.1:  Global Perspectives and Issues
Competency Requirement III.b: Speaking Intensive

3 (three) absences are allowed during the term; each absence in excess of 3 will lower your participation grade / score by 10% percentage points each.  Tardiness (being late) will be treated as 1/2 absence each time and will affect the participation score.

GRADE Distribution
Students will be evaluated on their successful completion of the following:

Class work                   15%
Oral presentation       10 %
Exam 1                                      25 %
Exam 2                                      25 %
Paper                                          25 % 

EXPECTATIONS FOR CLASS WORK AND HOMEWORK                                15%

Students should familiarize themselves with all terms, descriptions, concepts, and the like of a reading selection.  They should be ready to participate in class discussion in an engaging way, as well as doing their homework on time. The instructor is a strong believer that an excellent class includes the combination of an enthusiastic and informed teacher and student interaction.  Students are expected to actively participate in oral discussions, sharing their homework, views, and informed opinions with the rest of the class.

ORAL PRESENTATION                                                                                          10%

  • Individual presentation.
  • 10’ long (not half the class period!)
  • Topic assigned from the syllabus and previously discussed with the instructor.
  • You will discuss a particular topic, your research and ideas on it (not your feelings and emotions).You will be expected to provide an introduction, develop the arguments, draw a conclusion, and conduct a brief class discussion on the matter with questions that you will have prepared.


Exam 1.  The first exam will cover the material from the preceding half of the course.  It will consist of essay questions and identifications.                                                                              25%

Exam 2. The second exam will cover the material from the Exam 1 onwards. It will include identifications  and essay questions that will require you to synthesize some of the major themes of the course.                                                                                                                                    25%


PAPER                                                                                                                      25%

Each student will research and write one paper on a topic agreed upon between the professor and the student.

Format: The paper will be typed with word processor on a computer.

Margins: 1″ from each margin

Space: 1.5 line spaces

Font: Times New Roman 12 cpi

Title, name, and date should not take more than two lines.

Extension: 3 -5 pages long

·         *References: A minimum of 3 sources, and no more than 2 from the internet. *

o   DIVIDED in 4 steps
Idea                 (10%)
Bibliography    (10%)
Outline             (10%)
Final Paper       (70%)

If, for ANY reason you are late in presenting any of the steps for the paper, half of the points for that step will be taken from their grade for each late day (day, not class), until you present it .

It is strongly recommended that you use Spanish tutors at the CTL before handing out the final paper



A         100-93                                                 C+        79-78

A-        92-90                                                   C          77-73

B+        89-88                                                   C-        72-70

B          87-83                                                   D+       69-68

B-        82-80                                                   D         67-63

                                                                        D-        62-60

                                                                        F          59 and Below