Doctoral student Gabriela Germaná traveled this summer to her hometown, Lima, Peru, to teach the course “A Look at the Art of the Twentieth Century: Dialogues between the European and American Proposals and the Peruvian Context” at the Contemporary Art Museum of Lima. She also participated in a collaborative exhibition, Perú en escena – Elencos Nacionales 2012–2016 [Peru on Stage: National Companies 2012-2016], organized by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.
During her stay in Lima, Gabriela presented two papers initiated in her graduate coursework at FSU: “The Feast of the Holy Cross of Our Lord of Rasuwillka: The Recreation of an Andean Ritual in the City of Lima” in a conference organized by the Direction of Culture of the Municipality of Lima, and “Secuencia Foto Galería: The Beginnings of an Alternate Modern Photography in Peru” in the session “Rethinking Peruvian Photography” at “Indocumentado: Del negativo a la posfotografía” [Undocumented: From Negative to Post-Photography], the first symposium on Latin American Art organized by the Contemporary Art Museum of Lima and the Research Group Kaypunku.
In fall 2016, Gabriela is coauthoring a review of the exhibition Vacio Museal: Medio Siglo de Museotopias Peruanas (1966-2016) with fellow FSU art history Ph.D candidate Amy Bowman-McElhone. The review will be published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Gabriela and Amy will present related research at the College Art Association conference in New York in February 2017. Also in fall 2016 Gabriela will present the paper “The Depiction of Spaces in the Paintings of Sarhua: Reshaping an Andean Identity in the City of Lima” at the 34th annual FSU Art History Graduate Symposium. The paper was initiated in a class conducted by Dr. Paul Niell, and is related to her dissertation project under the direction of Dr. Michael Carrasco.
Gabriela completed her two years of doctoral coursework in 2014-16 with the support of a Fulbright Foreign Student Program fellowship. For the 2016-17 academic year, Gabriela will prepare for her qualifying examination for candidacy, while also teaching the undergraduate Museum Object course with the support of a Rose Fellowship granted by the FSU Department of Art History. With her students in the fall class she is organizing an exhibition of Peruvian Amazonian paintings, which will be shown at the WJB Gallery in November 2016.