Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Thomas F. Reese

SCLAS Executive Director. Professor - Art History

Contact Info
treese@tulane.edu

Thomas Reese has been with the Stone Center since 1999 as Executive Director. His scholarship and publications include studies of eighteenth-century Spanish art and politics, culture contact in sixteenth-century Mexico, devotional space in Colonial Andean society, and contemporary architectural practice in Europe and America. His most recent research focuses on images and identity in turn of the century Argentina and Mexico. Previous to coming to Tulane, he served as Deputy Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and taught at the University of Texas at Austin. As Executive Director, he is responsible for overseeing all academic and administrative functions of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. In addition, he also teaches courses in art history in the Art Department.

Degrees

  • B.A., Tulane University, Spanish and Art History, 1965
  • M.A., Yale University, History of Art, 1969
  • Ph.D., Yale University, History of Art, 1973

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 1999-
  • Professor, University of Texas, 1983-1986
  • Associate Professor, University of Texas, 1976-1983
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas, 1970-1976

Research & Teaching Specializations: Argentina; Mexico; Art/Art History; Area Studies; Latin American and Iberian Art; Architecture and Urbanism

Related Experience

  • Executive Director, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1999-
  • Co-Vice Chair, Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies, 2008-
  • President of the Board, Arts Council of New Orleans, 2010-2013
  • Board Member, Contemporary Arts Center, 2008-2013
  • Board Member, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2008-2011
  • Editorial Board, RES, 1997-
  • Deputy Director, The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1994-1998
  • Acting Director, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1991, 1992-1993
  • Associate Director, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1986-1992

Distinctions

  • Dianne Lynn Levy Memorial Lecture, Cum Laude School, 2004
  • Andrew Mellon Faculty Summer Research Grant, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 1981, 1982, 1985
  • Institute of Latin American Studies Travel Grant, University of Texas, 1984
  • Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983
  • Faculty Research Assignment, University Research Institute, 1982-1983
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholarship, 1976-1977

Languages: Spanish; French

Selected Publications

  • 2014. "George Kubler: The Craft of Art History." In Im Maschenwerk der Kunstgeschichte: Eine Revision von George Kublers >The Shape of Time<. Edited by Sarah Maupeu, Kerstin Schankweiler, Stefanie Stallschus. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos.
  • 2013. El Canal de Panamá y su legado arquitectónico (1905-1920), The Panama Canal and its Architectural Legacy (1905-1920). With Carol McMichael Reese. República de Panamá: Fundación Ciudad del Saber, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá, and Fundación Arte y Cultura.
  • 2010. "Taking Sail: Kurt Foster's Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities." Pp. 257-279 in Art History on the Move: Hommage an Kurt W. Forster. Edited by Nanni Baltzer, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Marie Theres Stauffer, and Philip Ursprung unter Mitarbeit von Mirjam Brunner. Zürich: Diaphanes.
  • 1999. Buenos Aires 1910: el imaginario para una gran capital; Coloquio internacional de 1995. Editor, with Margarita Gutman. Buenos Aires: Centro de Estudios Avanzados de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  • 1999. “The Institutionalization of Art History as a Disciplinary and Pedagogical Practice in American Universities in the Twentieth Century.” In disciplinas: estetica e historia del arte en el cruce de los discursos. Lucero Enriquez, editor. Mexico: INAM.
  • 1999. “Richard Meier, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California 1984-1997.” With Carol McMichael Reese. In Museums for a New Millenium: Concept, Projects, Buildings. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani and Angeli Sachs, eds. Munich: Prestel.
  • 1995. “Mapping Interdisciplinarity.” Art Bulletin. 77: 544-49.
  • 1976. The Architecture of Ventura Rodriguez. 2 vols. New York: Garland Publishing Inc.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Studies Core Seminar (Graduate); Cities and Urban Imagery in Latin America

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2

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Latino Film Series at the 2014 Annual New Orleans Film Festival

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The 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival is proud to present its Latino Film Sidebar Series at the 2014 NOFF, presented by the New Orleans Film Society.

This year two feature length films and five short films by Latino filmmakers have been selected to premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival 2014.

For the complete festival schedule, film and event info plus online tickets, please visit the New Orleans Film Festival website.

The screening schedule for these films is as follows:

Of Kites and Borders
Follows four children living in Tijuana as they help their families to make ends meet, capturing what the U.S.-Mexico border looks like from the other side. The everyday routines and encounters collected here demonstrate how the border’s very existence — the possibility of crossing, the of America — shapes the lives of those who live alongside it, whether or not they ever leave Tijuana. Director: Yolanda Pividal. View a trailer here.
Saturday, October 18: 3:15pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 23: 12:00pm at Canal Place Cinema

Triples (Trillizos) – documentary short screens just prior to each screening of Of Kites and Borders
Lorenzo, Leonel, and Luis are gifted 16-year-old triplets who live with their family in a two-room informal house in Tijuana, Mexico. Through discipline and resolve, they find alternatives to the limited opportunities available in conditions of structural poverty. Director: Itzel Martinez del Canizo

Penumbra
A rural Mexican couple — poor and decades past their prime — carry about their ritualistic, day- to-day lives, awaiting the inevitable, in this pensive film. Penumbra appreciates stillness and likes to linger — oftentimes at length — on beautiful imagery. Shot almost exclusively during the magic hour, right before the sun settles into night, the film examines the quiet twilight of one couple’s life and finds the beauty in that transitional period from life to death. Director: Eduardo Villanueva. View a trailer.
Sunday, October 19: 3:45pm at Canal Place Cinema
Monday, October 20: 6:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Tuesday, October 21: 6:30pm at New Orleans Mexican Consulate (901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite #119 — 504.528.3722) — Special reception and talk with the Director of the film and the Mexican Consulate (Free and open to the public)

Mirza the Miraculous
This lo-fi, sci-fi tale of outer space, mystics and carnivals centers around a fraudulent shaman known as The Great Bazandini and his daughter, Mirza, who really does have special powers. Originally shot in 1999 along the Mexican border, this is a film 15 years in the making. Featuring Paul Soileau (Christeene) and an original score and sound effects by New Orleans’ own Quintron. Director: Brent Joseph
Sunday, October 19: 9:00pm at Prytania Theater (uptown)

Gloom (Perfidia)
A servant obsesses over the daughter of his recently deceased boss. Turns out the dead boss’ relationship with his daughter had an obsessive side as well. Director: David Figueroa Garcia
Saturday, October 18: 1:30pm at Canal Place Cinema
Tuesday, October 21: 2:00pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)

The Great Adventure (La Gran Aventura)
A thesis film from Cuban documentary film students, this short profiles the loneliness of a radio soap script writer. As her life is projected onto the character she is creating and sharing with a listener, she connects two different worlds which seek, through fiction, to make sense of the daily adventure of life. Director: Cassandra Oliveira
Sunday, October 19: 4:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 23: 3:30pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)

Tonita’s
A portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. The 30-year- old Caribbean sports club has witnessed the transformation of South Williamsburg from a Hispanic neighborhood ravaged by gang violence and drugs into one of the hippest and most luxurious places in New York City. Director: Beyza Boyacioglu, Sebastian Diaz
Sunday, October 19: 4:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 21: 3:30pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)

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Tickets for all screenings may be purchased online and/or at any of each film’s theater box office, as well as in person at the NOFF HQ Box Office inside the main lobby/atrium of the Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130.

Connecting Day of the Dead Traditions Across the Americas: Haiti

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Learn about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti in this teacher workshop. The teacher workshop will be followed by an optional class on Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dance. Monique Moss, adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Tulane University, will lead a teacher workshop about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti. Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti have their roots in Haitian Vodoo and hence show both similarities and differences to Day of the Dead traditions in other areas of Latin America. The workshop will focus on the performance of Day of the Dead as well as connect the tradition through to New Orleans.

Teacher Workshop
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dance Master Class
1:00-2:15 PM
Taught by Menahem Laurent

For a more detailed schedule, please visit the workshop website.

Registration Fee is $10 and includes lunch, teaching materials, and admission to afternoon Haitian dance class.

Univeristy of New Orleans Presents: Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference

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Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
UNO – Latin American Studies

Friday, October 24, 2014: 3:30-6:00 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014: 9:15 AM-3:15 PM

Milneburg Hall 351 – UNO Campus

The 2014 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference explores the meanings, forms, histories, and futures of North-South solidarity in the Americas. What kinds of transnational ties have groups from both sides of the North-South divide established with each other? What kinds of strategies have they used, and toward what ends? How have these political projects varied across time and space? In what ways have cross-border solidarities shaped and been shaped by imperial power?

Conference Program is attached to this email. This conference is open and free to the public. This is a workshop: papers are circulated and read before the conference. If you would like to access the papers, please send an email to: striffler@hotmail.com

INVITED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Marc Becker, Professor of History, Truman State University, and author of Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador's Modern Indigenous
Movements.
Jonathan C. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Texas and is completing a book on how the Cuban Revolution changed the world.
Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies, Salem State University, and author of Linked Labor Histories: New
England, Colombia, and the Making of the Global Working Class.
Lesley Gill, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, and author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political
Violence in the Americas.
Eric Larson, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and author of Jobs With Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices
Elizabeth Manley is Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University where she is completing a book, The Paradox of Paternalism: Women,
Transnational Activism, and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic, 1928-1978.
Teresa Meade, Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, Union College, and author of A History of Modern Latin America.
William Schmidli, Assistant Professor, Bucknell University, and author of The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights in U.S. Cold War Policy Toward
Argentina.
Megan Strom is a PhD Candidate in Latin American History at the University of California, San Diego and will defend her dissertation on Uruguayan

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5th Annual South Central Conference on Mesoamerica

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5th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is a conference which provides a venue for scholars, students, and the interested public from across the south-central U.S. to share ideas, information, and interpretations. The conference is free and open to the public, and we hope you will join us. Although the conference is free, if you plan to attend please register so we have an idea of how many people will attend.

The conference will be held October 24-26th on Tulane’s Campus.

Please visit the conference website for more information and be sure to check back for updates in the near future!

"Oye Tu: A Reading of Fiction About Cubans" a talk by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

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The lecture title is "Oye Tú: A Reading of Fiction about Cubans." The talk is open to the public as well as the Tulane community. The lecture, which will discuss the Cuban diaspora in the United States, was timed to coincide with the general interest that the Guantánamo Public Memory Project:, currently at Tulane, has generated. The time and location has been confirmed for Tuesday, October 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Greenleaf Conference Room, Jones Hall 100A. Refreshments will be provided.

Social and Environmental Safeguards, Policies and Practices in International Development: Discussion with Carlos Pérez-Brito

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Currently a social specialist from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Carlos Pérez-Brito is responsible for managing social and environmental safeguards in the public and private sectors projects. Before joining the IDB, Mr. Pérez-Brito was a human development specialist for the World Bank and USAID. He has a bachelor degree from Loyola University, New Orleans and a Masters in Latin American Studies from Tulane University with emphasis in international development. He was also a visiting scholar for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Mr. Pérez-Brito’s talk will describe the evolving practice of using social and environmental review criteria as conditions for bank-related projects.

Co-Sponsored with the Tulane Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR).

Event flyer can be found here.