Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

George F. Flaherty


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

George F. Flaherty

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Latin American and Latino Visual and Spatial Cultures since 1945; Film and Media Studies; Postcolonial Theory and Subaltern Studies, emphasis on Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands

Biography


Trained as an art historian, George Flaherty specializes in Latin American and Latino visual and spatial cultures since 1945.  He is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the spatial dimensions of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City and its mediation. George has held fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (24-month Chester Dale), the Social Science Research Council (IDRF), the Society of Architectural Historians (De Montêquin), and the Mexico-U.S. Fulbright Commission (Fulbright-García Robles).  A graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D. 2011), he teaches courses on Mexican and Chicano art and media as well as critical theory.

Courses


ARH 341K • Modern Art Of Mexico

20160 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 6:30PM-8:00PM DFA 2.204
(also listed as LAS 327)

Mexican visual culture from the late nineteenth century through 1968. Emphasis on the emergence of modernist avant-gardes and popular entertainment, and their ambivalent relationship to state, church, and market. Also explores how self-consciously negotiating the tension between native and international influences, artists, critics, and curators contributes to notions of Lo Mexicano, or "Mexicanness."

ARH 381 • Image, Affect, Archive

20115 • Spring 2015
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM ART 3.434A
(also listed as LAS 381)

Affect is one of the keywords of contemporary critical thought. Scholars in the humanities now differentiate it from feeling, emotion, passion and sentiment—all corollaries in making sense of human experience. Born out of dissatisfaction with modernist as well as poststructuralist modes of analysis and informed by phenomenology, psychoanalysis and more recent insights, they seek to analyze not only ontology and aesthetics but also history, ethics and social justice, thereby breaking affect open and putting it to work in the public sphere. Affect can no longer thought to be individual, hermetic, excessive, ineffable, or exploitative. This seminar considers the following questions: How might images, still and moving, be read affectively and what are the politics of this viewership? What bodies of knowledge are archived in our corporeality and everyday that  supplement or challenge the cognitive or linguistic? How might bodily movements and potentialities write rigorous new histories? And how might art and cinema history’s admittedly ocular-centric methods intervene on the affective turn?

Open to graduate students of all humanistic disciplines, with student projects not limited to Latin American or U.S. Latino topics.

MAS 374 • Chicano Art Hist/Futures

36417 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 6:30PM-8:00PM DFA 2.204

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MAS 374 • Lat/Chicano Art: Hist & Future

36206 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM DFA 2.204

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ARH 374 • Mexican Art Since 1968

20388 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM DFA 2.204
(also listed as LAS 327)

As the recent opening of the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and the regularity with which articles about the city’s burgeoning art scene appear in the foreign press attest—albeit from differing vantage points—interest in contemporary art in Mexico has reached critical mass. After a brief survey of visual culture produced in the aftermath of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, this course examines key artists, artworks and critical debates from last 20 years in light of international aesthetic currents and kaleidoscopic political/economic conditions, the latter including: neoliberal restructuring of the economy (NAFTA), Zapatista insurgency in Chiapas (EZLN), and the defeat of single party rule (PRI).

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