Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Adele Nelson

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History
Adele Nelson



Modern and contemporary art in Latin America; Brazilian art history


LAS 327 • Bynd Carnival: Ctmp Brz Art

39215 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM ART 1.204

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LAS 327 • Other Modernities Lat Amer Art

39220 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM DFA 2.204

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LAS 327 • Contemporary Latin Am Art

40035 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM DFA 2.204
GC (also listed as ARH 341P)

It is an exciting moment of heightened visibility for postwar & contemporary Latin American art in the U.S., with key figures featured in retrospectives, such as Hélio Oiticica at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the 70+ exhibitions up in the Los Angeles (as part of the Getty Foundation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative). This course will take advantage of both the University’s rich modern and contemporary Latin American art collections to study artwork first-hand and the bevy of new scholarship generated by recent exhibitions and publications to examine key artists and critical debates from 1945 to the present. Particular attention will be paid to transnational artistic exchanges, including the role of new art institutions, such as the São Paulo and Havana Biennials. We will consider Latin America-based artists in their distinct contexts and in relation to broader political, social, and economic forces, among these violent dictatorial governments, boom and bust economic cycles, and the Cold War and its aftermaths.

LAS 381 • Avant-Garde Forms In Lat Amer

40150 • Spring 2018
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM ART 3.432
(also listed as ARH 381)

What critical work did the notion of the avant-garde do for visual artists and critics in Latin America in the 1920s–1960s, and what are the stakes of the concept’s continued use by art historians? Recent scholarship has productively challenged the parameters by which we have studied 20th century vanguards in Latin America and beyond, from questioning of the periodization of postwar and contemporary art to redressing blind spots and erasures (whether Chicanx and Latinx art or understudied regions like Central America). In the wake of these interventions, does the concept of the avant-garde remain useful and what revisions are needed to the narratives we construct of modern and postwar art in Latin/x America? This seminar will focus its inquiry by asking how art institutions, broadly conceived – museums, schools, magazines, art criticism – structured, formed, and interacted with experimental artistic practice in Latin America before and after World War II. Together we will study the interwar and postwar avant-gardes via case studies of, on one hand, the artistic circles around the Lima-based journal Amauta in the 1920s and 1930s and, on the other hand, the emergence and development of geometric abstraction in South America from the 1940s–1960s. Doing us will allow us to consider artistic production marginalized (in the case of Amauta, the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art) and celebrated (in the case of postwar abstraction and particularly the participatory and immersive production of artists such as Lygia Clark, Gego, and Hélio Oiticica) in canonical accounts. Your final research projects can stay within or detour from these case studies. We will take advantage of the rich archival and art collections at the University and in other Texas collections to study artwork and documents first-hand.

LAS 327 • Other Modernities Lat Amer Art

40410 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM DFA 2.204
GC (also listed as ARH 341N)

Development and sources of twentieth-century art in the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

LAS 327 • Contemporary Latin Am Art

40442 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM DFA 2.204
GC (also listed as ARH 341P)

This course examines art in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Covering a period of tumultuous societal change in the region, from revolutions to economic booms and military dictatorships, discussions will focus on understanding the distinct contexts of artistic production in various Latin American centers and will examine how artists conceived of their work in relationship to local and international aesthetic and political debates. Students will read criticism and artists’ writing from the period as well as recent theory and historical analysis and attention will be placed on developing skills to analyze a range of media and styles, including figurative and abstract practices. We will visit and study works at the Blanton Museum of Art and Benson Latin American Collection.

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