Oscar Vázquez

Professor of Art + Art History

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Oscar E. Vázquez (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) is Professor of Art History with appointments to the Center for Latin American Caribbean Studies, the Latina/o Studies Department, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His studies in eighteenth through early twentieth century Spanish and Latin American visual cultures have examined the roles of collections, markets and patronage systems, as well as academies, pedagogy and state administrations in the production and historiography of art. His research and teaching interests range from contemporary graffiti and murals and the construction of spaces by US Latino/as, to the representation of national narratives in Mexico, Spain and the Caribbean. He is the author of Inventing the Art Collection. Patrons, Markets and the State in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001) and The End, Again: Degeneration and the Visual Cultures of Modern Spain (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017). He has edited the anthology Academies and Schools of Art in Latin America (Routledge, 2020) and published essays in Art HistoryWord & Image, and Art Journal among other scholarly periodicalsHis most recent project focuses on the practice and politics of copying the human figure as pedagogy and ideology in academies of art.