Module Details

AR341-6-FY-CO: Art In Latin America Ii: Modern And Contemporary

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Art History and Theory
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Harwood
Teaching Staff: Dr Joanne Harwood
Contact details: Jan Butler, Second and Final Year Administrator, email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Module Outline (updated March 2014)

Art in Latin America II: Modern and Contemporary covers the period from 1920 to the present. The module will consider key trends, moments and artists in twentieth and twenty-first century art from Latin America, making links within and beyond the region to other artists and trends. Trends and moments include contructivism, indigenism, surrealism, pop, conceptualism and performance. We will consider writings by artists and critics from Latin America as well as making full use of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) and associated exhibitions and events. An artwork from ESCALA will be brought to the classroom each week as the focus for discussion. As well as the Collection itself students can make use of ESCALA`s own archive and library as well as the Albert Sloman`s collection of approximately 10,000 volumes on art from Latin America, making it the de facto national collection in this field.
The module follows chronologically Art in Latin America I: Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial (AR219), as well as linking to other art history modules as well as modules in the history, sociology and government of Latin America and with the Enlightenment and CS201 and CS301. The module provides a good basis for students wishing to continue to postgraduate study and take AR915: Collecting Art from Latin America.

The aims of this module are:

to investigate key trends, moments and artists in Latin America from 1920 to the present;
to provide students with an opportunity to study works at first hand, from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America;
to introduce students to key texts by arists and critics from the region;
to encourage students to develop skills in written communication through the writing of essays and in oral communication through active participation in seminars.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students should have:
an overview of the key developments in art in Latin America from 1920 to the present day;
a good understanding of some specific aspects of the field;
an ability to appreciate works of art in situ;
an ability to analyse and critically appraise texts relevant to the period and to art history generally;
an ability to demonstrate all these competencies both in oral contributions to seminar discussions and in the writing of course-work essays and unseen examinations.

Learning and Teaching Methods

1 x 2 hour seminar each week during the autumn term, with the exception of Wk.8 which is a Reading Week, and one revision session in the summer term.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Coursework: 1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay Exam: 1 x 2 hour examination to be held at the end of the year Weighting: 50% coursework/50% exam (see School Undergraduate Handbook and full module description on ORB from September for further details).

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Bibliography and background reading (updated March 2014)
  • Readings have been selected for each week as essential preparation.
  • *Oles, James, Art and Architecture in Mexico. London: Thames and Hudson, 2013*
  • Other helpful general resources are:
  • Ades, Dawn, Art in Latin America: The Modern Era, 1820-1980. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989
  • Essex Collection of Art from Latin America online catalogue: www.

Further information