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Fields of Study: Visual Cultures of the Americas

The Visual Cultures of the Americas is an interdisciplinary, hemispheric investigation of the art and visual cultures generated through the dynamic and complex exchange between indigenous, Western, African, and Asian societies from the archaic period to the present. Critical for an understanding of the colonial and modern world, the study of the Visual Cultures of the Americas highlights not only the richness of America’s indigenous cultures, as well as the ones born from the colonial experience, but also the dialogue that these cultures have had with the rest of the world.

Areas currently covered in the program include: Precolumbian and Mesoamerican art, archaeology, and culture; modern US and Canadian art, architecture, and film cultures; and issues of mass culture and globalization. Given the wide scope of this field of study students are expected to focus on a specific topic or area to build expertise. Nevertheless, all are expected to explore the larger issues that the visual cultures of the Americas raise.


Karen A. Bearor
Modern American Art and Theory

Michael D. Carrasco
Pre-Columbian Art & Architecture

Stephanie Leitch
Northern European Art and Representations of the Americas

Roald Nasgaard
Contemporary Art, Abstraction

Robert Neuman
17th- and 18th-Century Art and Twentieth-century American art, design, and Mass Culture 

Paul B. Niell
Spanish Colonial Arts & Architecture and Arts of the African Diaspora

Mary Pohl
Mesoamerican Archaeology

Lauren S. Weingarden
19th & 20th Century Art & Architecture; Word & Image and Museum Studies