Third Annual Symposium of Latin American Art: Super/Natural: Excess, Ecologies, and Art in the Americas


The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and the Art History Department of The Graduate Center, CUNY invite you to attend Super/Natural: Excess, Ecologies, and Art in the Americas.

In this two-day symposium, emerging scholars of Latin American visual culture will examine the complex relationship between humans and their surrounding environment. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Southern California; and Eduardo Kac, artist and Professor of Art and Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (see full schedule below). The symposium is free and open to the public. Livestreaming will be provided at the 19th and at on the 20th. Information about the symposium can be found at our websites: and

The symposium is organized by current PhD candidates Brian Bentley, Gillian Sneed, Juanita Solano Roa, Danielle Stewart, and Madeline Murphy Turner, PhD student Horacio Ramos, and M.A. student Julián Sánchez González; in conjunction with Anna Indych-López, Katherine Manthorne, and Edward J. Sullivan. It is presented by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and the Rewald Endowment; it is co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the The Grey Art Gallery, NYU.

Wednesday, April 18

The Grey Art Gallery, New York University

6:00-8:00     Opening reception for Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime

100 Washington Square East (between Waverly and Washington Place)


Thursday April 19

Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue

Segal Theatre

2:00-2:30 Welcome and Introductions

2:30-4:00 Panel 1: Agricultural Imaginaries

Papers by Lesley Wolff (Florida State University), Javier Rivera Ramos (Princeton University), Caroline Gillaspie (The Graduate Center, CUNY), with discussant Katherine Manthorne (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:40-5:30 Keynote: Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California

6:15-7:30 Reception in the James Gallery


Friday, April 20

Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

1 East 78th Street

Lecture Hall

9:30  Coffee

10:00-10:30 Welcome and Introductions

10:30-12:00 Panel 2: Peripatetic Ecologies

Papers by Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra (Queen's College, Cambridge), Kevin Buist (Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University), Emily Sessions (Yale University), with discussant Mariola Alvarez (Tyler School of Art, Temple University)

12-1:00 Lunch break

1:30-3:00 Panel 3: Divine Nature

Papers by William T. Gassaway (Columbia University), William Contreras Alfonso (Bogotá, Colombia), Agustin Díez Fischer (University of Buenos Aires), with discussant Ananda Cohen-Aponte (Cornell University)

3:00-3:15 Coffee break

3:30-5:00 Panel 4: Extractions and Erosions

Papers by Gabrielle Greenlee (UC Santa Cruz), Sean Nesselrode Moncada (Rhode Island School of Design), Marcelo Nogueira (Duke University), with discussant Rachel Price (Princeton University)

5:00-5:15 Coffee break

5:30-6:30 Keynote: Eduardo Kac, Professor, Art and Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

6:30-7:30 Reception


Watch the Symposium videos online