Picturing People: Race, Empire, and Archive

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Race, Empire, and Archive

Fall 2021

Taught By: Iliana Cepero

Section: A

CRN: 8706

Credits: 4

This course explores the representation of the “other” by imperial artists from sixteenth century until 1914. We will examine early representations of the people of the Americas by European explorers; the emergence in Mexico of pintura de casta, an eighteenth-century genre that depicted the multiple racial mixtures taking place in the Americas; and the creation of imperial techniques developed in Europe in nineteenth century to classify people, such as phrenology and physiognomy, aimed to arrange races in a hierarchy and provide legitimacy to European domination in Africa and Asia. Through the analysis of paintings, travel books, printmaking and photography, we will analyze the complex particularities of colonial predicament in relation to a European master narrative and its aesthetic stereotypes about foreign cultures. We will reframe stories of power, art, coloniality, and creolization. After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:42pm 10/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021