Joaquín Barriendos

Joaquín Barriendos
Assistant Professor Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures / Institute for Latin American Studies, Visual Culture Studies in Europe, Centro Cultural Tlatelolco-UNAM
  • Address
    309 Casa Hispánica
    612 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
  • Office Hours
    Mondays, 12-2pm
  • Phone
    (212) 854-2520
  • Fax
    (212) 854-5322
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Joaquin Barriendos teaches Latin American Art Studies and Visual Culture at Columbia. Before joining the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures in 2011, he taught at the University of Barcelona. He has been fellow-researcher at the Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art, and visiting-researcher in the Program in Museum Studies (New York University). His graduate dissertation was awarded the Marcos & Celia Maus Prize (UNAM best dissertation in History) and his doctoral dissertation obtained Honors Degree-Cum Laude in Theory, History, and Art Criticism.

Professor Barriendos is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, serves as a member of ILAS' Executive Committee, collaborates with the Visual Culture in Europe Network, and is Chief Academic Curator of the Juan Acha Archive. He serves as well in the Editorial Board of Journal of Visual Culture (SAGE), Revista Hispánica Moderna (Columbia University, N.Y.), Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, and Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art (University of Barcelona). His book "Geoestética y transculturalidad" was awarded in 2007 the annual prize on art theory, conferred by the Fundació Espais d'Art Contemporani. In 2010 he was commissioned to edit a multi-authored book, "Global Circuits: The Geography of Art and the New Configurations of Critical Thought".

Academic Statement

At the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures I teach graduate and undergraduate courses focused on visual culture and Latin American art, with an emphasis on social movements, artists networks, geopolitics of art, visual translatability, conceptualist practices, and institutional critique. Some of my graduate seminars are:

  • Art, Memory, and Human Rights in Latin America

  • Latin American Art as Global Art

  • Art, Things, and So: Towards a Non-Objectual Art Criticism in Latin America

My current research interests include Latin American Art Archives, Memory and Museum Studies, Critical Human Rights, Geopolitics of Global Art, and Postcolonial Cultural Diplomacy. Among my recent publications are books and academic articles focused on the interplays between aesthetics and geopolitics, on collecting and exhibiting Latino and Latin American art, as well as on the economic, racial, and epistemic asymmetries that give shape to the so-called global art world.

I am currently working on three different book-length projects: The idea of the Latin American Art analyzes the interplays between latinamericanism, subalternity, globality, and visual arts; the aim of this research is to call into question the assumption that Latin American art is currently experiencing a sort of ‘boom’, similar to the ‘boom’ that literature from the region experienced four decades ago; Transitional Aesthetics: Art, Museums, and Human Rights in Latin America elaborates on a variety of case studies related to creative human rights strategies promoted by memory museums and sites of conscience in the so-called post-dictatorial regimes; Juan Acha/Josef Albers. Reflexiones aeropostales sobre el color examines the correspondence between these two important art critics and theoreticians, and elaborates on the connections between abstraction and the emergence of visual culture studies in Latin America.