Latin American Art

The graduate program in Latin American Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago fosters emerging scholars pursuing innovative research in the art, architecture, and material cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Precolumbian, Colonial, and Modern and Contemporary periods.

The curriculum in Latin American art history offers rigorous methodological, theoretical, and historiographical training while encouraging students to think creatively about their area of specialization and its place within the discipline of art history. Students take courses in the department, participating in broader dialogues about ancient, early modern, and modern and contemporary art, and may also take advantage of the University’s rich Latin American studies offerings in the departments of History, Anthropology, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Linguistics, among others.

Students in Latin American art history join a distinguished community of scholars and students specializing in Latin America in the greater Chicago area. Resources on campus include the Center for Latin American Studies, the Graduate Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, the new Program on Brazil, and the Working Group on Caribbean Studies. The Latin American collections of the Newberry Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Field Museum offer exceptional learning and research opportunities.

Language training and direct engagement with art are critical parts of the program, supported by ample opportunities for research and travel funding.