Collaborative Agreement Reached Between the Art and Art History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and Artstor: Teaching Slides of Modern Latin American Art
Artstor and the Art and Art History Department at The University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce that they will collaborate to digitize and distribute approximately 4,500 teaching slides made by or for Professor Jacqueline Barnitz.
Dr. Barnitz has been a formative influence in shaping the study of Modern Latin American Art as a part of the core art history curriculum. She established a course in Modern Latin American Art at SUNY Stony Brook as early as 1969 and subsequently taught the subject at the University of Pittsburgh. Since coming to the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, Professor Barnitz has created the university’s graduate program in Modern Latin American art and developed a broad selection of undergraduate and graduate seminars in the subject covering Mexico and ten other Caribbean, Central and South American countries. Dr. Barnitz has published and lectured on many aspects of the field in the United States and Latin America, organizing exhibitions that include “Latin American Artists in New York since 1970” (Archer Huntington Art Gallery, 1987), contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues most recently to Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1993), and chaired and participated in symposia. Her book, Twentieth Century Art of Latin American America (Austin: UT Press, 2001) was awarded the Vasari Prize by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2002 and has become the standard text in universities that offer courses in modern Latin American art. Reviewing this book for The Americas (October 2002), Anne Rubenstein wrote: “This book, intended as a text for art history courses on the twentieth century in Latin America or as reference work, will fill those functions very well. The illustrations, most in color, are copious, well chosen, and clear, and the text is excellent.” Currently Professor Barnitz is working on a comparative study of methods for teaching art history in Latin American institutions and those in the U.S., and the attendant differences in understanding the function of art.
The present collaboration is intended to provide teachers, students and scholars with a core teaching collection in the area of Modern Latin American Art, and to help ensure that this important subject is properly represented within the emerging digital canon.
In reaching this agreement, Dr. Barnitz expressed her enthusiasm in collaborating with Artstor to advance the cause of the study and teaching of Modern Latin American Art. “It will, at long last, help to situate the modern art of Latin America as a field into the mainstream of western art history where it belongs,” comments Dr. Barnitz. “Our partnership with Professor Barnitz and her colleagues at the Art and Art History Department at UT Austin will significantly advance Artstor’s effort to provide a rich body of images of Modern Latin American Art, for use by teachers, students and scholars,” affirms Marmor. “This is one of several important Artstor projects involving the rich collections of The University of Texas at Austin.”