Course Title:  01:082:316  Mexican Art Across Borders

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites: None

  Credit not given for this course and 01:595:316

Core Curriculum: WCr, WCd

Course Description:

Art, visual culture, and cultural history, with emphasis on the 20th century. Modernism, muralism, varied minor media and artists, post-revolutionary art, Mexican-American/Chicano Civil Rights Movement art, visual production, and politics.

This course examines common themes in the art of Mexico and by the Mexican diaspora in the United States. Students will be introduced to critical events that have shaped the history and culture of Greater Mexico, including the Conquest, the colonial period, the Mexican-American War and the resulting annexation of Northern Mexico, and social movements, focusing on the post-revolutionary moment in Mexico (1910-1940) and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement (El Movimiento) in the United States (1960s-1990s).

The class engages the intellectual history of both sides of the border, relating this to in-depth analyses of works of art in diverse media, and emphasizing the social and historical conditions of their production. It challenges the divide between Mexicans and Chicanos/Mexican-Americans through a comparative approach that underscores subjects and concerns they have in common.

Learning Goals:

  • To gain familiarity with the principal historical and cultural factors that impact modern Mexican and Mexican-American identities.
  • To analyze and compare the breadth and depth of Mexican and Chicano art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the study of a wide variety of works.
  • To delve into specific topics related to Mexican and Mexican-American cultural studies through in-depth research and writing.

Required and Recommended Course Materials:



Writing is an integral component of this course, and students will be expected to develop a final research paper that synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights.

Although art and visual culture will be the primary subject of discussion, students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary topics for their final projects. This course incorporates lectures, in-depth discussion of texts and images, oral presentations, and workshopping papers in small groups. Engagement is crucial to success in this course.




Professor Tatiana Flores

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