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Ananda Cohen-Aponte is Assistant Professor of History of Art who works on the visual culture of colonial Latin America, with special interests in issues of cross-cultural exchange, historicity, identity, and anti-colonial movements. She was a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her recent book, Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes (University of Texas Press, 2016) explores the intersections between art, politics, religion, and society in mural paintings located in colonial churches across the southern Andes. This work draws on nearly a decade of archival and primary source research to understand the ways that artists appropriated European religious iconography to articulate local narratives, transforming the medium of muralism into a powerful barometer of indigenous and mestizo life under Spanish colonial rule. She also served as editor and primary author of the book Pintura colonial cusqueña: el esplendor del arte en los Andes/Paintings of Colonial Cusco: Artistic Splendor in the Andes, published as separate Spanish and English-language editions (Haynanka Ediciones, 2015). Her essays appear in a range of journals and edited volumes, including Colonial Latin American Review, The Americas, Allpanchis, and Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, among others. She is currently conducting research on a new project that explores the role of the visual arts in fomenting an insurgent imaginary in late 18th-century Peru and Bolivia within a context of inter-ethnic conflict and rebellion.
Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art, the Andes, cross-cultural exchange, visual cultures of colonialism, identity, material culture studies, art and social change, indigeneity, muralism.
- Archaeology Program
- History of Art and Visual Studies
- History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies
Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes (University of Texas Press, 2016).
"Painting Beyond the Frame: Religious Murals of Colonial Peru" (digital supplement to Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between published by MAVCOR: Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University, 2016).
Pintura colonial cusquena: el esplendor del arte en los Andes/Paintings of Colonial Cusco: Artistic Splendor in the Andes (served as editor and principal author) (Haynanka Ediciones, 2015).
"Forging a Popular Art History: Indigenismo and the Art of Colonial Peru," RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, forthcoming 2018.
“Decolonizing the Global Renaissance: A View From the Andes,” in The Globalization of Renaissance Art: A Critical Review, ed. Daniel Savoy (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).
"From the Jordan River to Lake Titicaca: Images of the Baptism of Christ in Colonial Andean Churches," The Americas 72, no. 1 (2015): 103-140.
"Making Race Visible in the Colonial Andes," in Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, ed. Pamela Patton (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 187-212.
"Las pinturas murales de la Iglesia de San Pablo de Cacha, Canchis, Peru," Allpanchis XI.II, no. 77-78 (2014): 11-48.
"Painting Andean Liminalities at the Church of Andahuaylillas, Cuzco, Peru," Colonial Latin American Review 22, no. 3 (2013): 369-399 (awarded Honorable Mention for the Franklin Pease G. Y. Memorial Prize for the best article to appear in Colonial Latin American Review in 2013-2014).