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Dematerialization examines the intertwined experimental practices and critical discourses of art and industrial design in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile in the 1960s and 1970s. Provocative in nature, this book investigates the way that artists, critics, and designers considered the relationship between the crisis of the modernist concept of artistic medium and the radical social transformation brought about by the accelerated capitalist development of the preceding decades. Beginning with Oscar Masotta’s sui generis definition of the term, Karen Benezra proposes dematerialization as a critical operation in contemporary discussions of aesthetics, artistic collectivism, and industrial design. Benezra shows how disputes over the materiality of the art and design object also questioned the role of the subject in social transformation. Dematerialization brings new insights to the fields of art history, critical theory, and Latin American cultural studies.
Benezra, Karen. Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America. California UP, 2020.
The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, housed in Casa Hispánica (at 612 West 116th Street in New York City), has long enjoyed an international reputation as a center for Hispanic and Lusophone studies.
In addition to providing students with a commanding linguistic preparation in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan, the department offers a flexible and varied undergraduate program that enables them to study the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds in all historical periods—from the medieval to the globalized present—and in a variety of cultural contexts: the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the former colonies of Portugal, and the United States.
The aim of the department’s graduate program is to train students to become first-rate scholars and teachers who are theoretically sophisticated and attuned to the issues, polemics, and approaches that define the profession currently as a field of intellectual endeavor.
Casa Hispánica is also the home of the Hispanic Institute for Latin American & Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. Founded in 1920 as the Instituto de las Españas, the Institute’s central aim is to sponsor and disseminate research on Iberian and Latin American cultures. The Institute has also published since 1934 the Revista Hispánica Moderna, a distinguished journal in Latin American and Iberian criticism and theory, and recipient of the 2009 Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement.