image of Olga Albizu's abstract painting Untitled

Olga Albizu, Untitled, 1959. Oil on canvas, 22 x 30 in. (55.9 cm x 76.2 cm). Museum purchase, The Dorothy Johnston Towne (Class of 1923) Fund, 2018.165.

Wellesley Alumnae and Latin American Art Symposium

Feb 8, 2019, 9:30 AM–5 PM
Jewett Auditorium or Collins Cinema *TBD
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Hosted in conjunction with this major collections exhibition, Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey, this symposium honors the late Elizabeth P. Benson, Class of 1945 (1924-2018), a pioneering figure in the study of pre-Columbian art, and brings together art historians, curators, art dealers, and collectors for a lively series of talks that together reveal the impact of Wellesley alumnae on the Latin American field. Free, but tickets required. Ticket available here.


9:30–10 AM: Registration and coffee in lobby

1011 AM: Issues in Collecting Pre-Columbian Art: A Conversation

Clemency Coggins ’55, professor emerita of archaeology and art history, Boston University

Ellen Hoobler ’98, William B. Ziff, Jr. Associate Curator of the Arts of the Americas, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

11 AM12 PM: Latin America in the Global World: The Colonial Period

Jeanette Favrot Peterson ’61, research professor and professor emerita, UC Santa Barbara; and Clare Farago ’70, professor emerita of art and art history, University of Colorado, Boulder

121 PM: Lunch

11:45 PM: Art Dealer in Caracas: A Conversation

Rachel Adler ’54, private dealer, with exhibition curator James Oles, senior lecturer in art at Wellesley

1:452:30 PM: Remembering Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias

Adriana Williams ’55, independent scholar

2:302:50 PM: Break

2:503:20 PM: Latinx Art Now: A Conversation

Elizabeth Ferrer ’80, vice president of contemporary art, BRIC, with Director Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis Museum

3:204:45 PM: Recent Scholarship on Modern Mexico

Panel discussion with Robin Adèle Greeley ’80, associate professor of modern and contemporary Latin American art history, University of Connecticut; Jennifer Josten ’00, assistant professor, history of art and architecture, University of Pittsburgh; Kathryn O’Rourke ’02, associate professor, Trinity University, San Antonio; Beth Merfish ’05, assistant professor of art history, University of Houston-Clear Lake.

4:455 PM: Concluding Remarks

55:45 PM: Reception, Davis Lobby

Image Credit:

Courtesy of the artist’s estate.