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  (it will be provided by the professor).

Recommended Texts (in reserve at the Library):

Ades, Dawn. Art in Latin America: the modern era, 1820-1980.  Haven: Yale University Press, 1989

Gutiérrez, Ramón, and Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales.  Historia del arte iberoamericano. España: Lunwerg, 2000.

Barnitz, Jacqueline. Twentieth-century art of Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001.

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 late nineteenth-century to the present, alongside selected texts and films.


Diversity Requirement II.1:  Global Perspectives and Issues

Competency Requirement III.b: Speaking Intensive

: A maximum of three unexcused absences are allowed for this class.

  • After this limit is reached, there will be a deduction of 2% (per additional absence) taken from the student’s final participation grade.
  • In addition to this standard grade penalty, any absence or lack of punctuality will also impact a student’s participation score.

GRADE Distribution

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

Class work                                10%

Cuestionarios                             15%

Oral presentation                       15 %

Exam 1                                     30 %

Exam 2                                     30 %
EXPECTATIONS FOR CLASS PARTICIPATION                                                      10%

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.

Cuestionarios                                                                                       15%

Will be posted on Moodle.

Complete the Cuestionarios (typed) and BRING them to class for peer discussion of each chapter’s issues.

Cuestionarios will be graded twice a year, at the time of the exams, for completion, and not for grammatical accuracy.

 ORAL PRESENTATION                                                                                             15%

  • 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.                                                                               30%

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.                                                                                                                          30%


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