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LACA1503 Art and the Global City

Course Information

This is the course webpage for Professor Florencia Malbrán's spring 2017 class Art and the Global City: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. On this site, you will find links to and information about resources that are available to you through the Brown Library.

Course description: This seminar studies recent literature and visual art through a strategic focus on the cities of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Artistic inquiry and evolving issues in contemporary art are discussed. The very limits of literary forms are also explored, inviting questions on the intersections of images and words, or art and literature. Although the history of key artworks and movements in 20th-century Latin America will provide a foundation for our seminar, special attention will be paid to the present. We will examine recent experimentation, looking into the ideas that animate art practices today.


Florencia Malbrán - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2017)

Florencia Malbrán is an Adjunct Professor at New York University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor Malbrán is a critic and curator of contemporary art. She has organized exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay. Additionally, as a curator, she has been in residence in France, Switzerland, and Spain. She was the Hilla Rebay International Fellow at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, and Venice, and held positions previously at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires and the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo. Her shows have been reviewed in Clarín and La Nación in Argentina, O Globo in Brazil, El Tiempo in Colombia, and Artforum in the United States. She has taught at NYU and Universidad de San Andres, and has written extensively on art—publishing catalogue essays, book reviews, and articles on exhibitions and contemporary culture. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary art, curatorial practice, Latin American art history, and critical theory. In addition, she works in the fields of post-colonial and globalization studies, focusing on the disciplinary problems of writing and practicing art across cultural boundaries, and proposing novel intertwining histories of the verbal and the visual.

Mexican Painting

Folding Screen with Indian Wedding and Flying Pole Mexico, ca. 1690. oil on canvas. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.