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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Upcoming Events

Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic

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Join Lucia Abramovich, NOMA's curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art for a Noontime Talk on the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Noontime Talks are brief, informative discussions on exhibitions and installations in NOMA's galleries. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents. Please visit the NOMA website for more information.

MARI Brown Bag: Marcello Canuto, "The Tombs of La Corona: La Noblesse Oblige"

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Marcello Canuto, Director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, will present about his recent investigations at La Corona. The talk will focus on tombs discovered during the 2014 field season and the information these tombs provides about the broader socio-political relationships at La Corona.

M.A.R.I.'s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto (mcanuto@tulane.edu) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Mining, Privilege, and Artistic Production in the Colonial Andes: Short Film and Roundtable Discussion

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This program includes a screening of Harun Farocki's film The Silver and the Cross (20 min), which examines a 1758 painting by Gaspar Miguel de Berrío that depicts the city and the surrounding silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia. A roundtable discussion featuring three local scholars of Colonial Latin America will follow the film. The discussion will employ the film's description of colonial Potosí as an anchor for a broader discussion about colonial Andean economics, history, and art, particularly as it relates to Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

The goal of this event is to better understand the mechanisms that created the level of wealth exhibited in Behind Closed Doors, and to shed light on an often overlooked city that was essential to the economic success of Spanish America for hundreds of years.

The roundtable discussants are Dr. Kris Lane, the France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Department of History, Tulane University; Dr. John Charles, Associate Professor of Colonial Spanish American Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Tulane University; and Dr. Ari Zighelboim, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Tulane University. Lucia Abramovich, NOMA's Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Colonial Art, will moderate the discussion.

About Dr. Kris Lane
Kris Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University. His books include Quito 1599: City & Colony in Transition, Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires, and Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750. He is currently writing a history of the great Potosí mint scandal of 1649, along with an annotated translation of early writings on Potosí.

About Dr. John Charles
John Charles is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. He is the author of numerous articles on colonial Andean literature and history, and the book Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).

About Dr. Ari Zighelboim
Ari Zighelboim (Lima, 1960) studied in Peru, Israel and the United States, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in history and East Asian studies, an MA in cultural anthropology and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American literature. His masters paper dealt with scenes of human sacrifice on mountains in Moche iconography, and his PhD thesis with the surviving Inca nobility during the colonial period in Peru and its cultural and social strategies. He has written about Ruben Dario, Juan de Espinosa Medrano, the drama in Quechua Ollantay, Potosí and other topics. He has also published a volume of poetry. He is now senior lecturer in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane university.

Reimagining Race, Class, and Identity in the New World

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Assistant Professor Mia Bagneris will lecture on "Reimagining Race, Class, and Identity in the New World," on Friday, September 12 at 6pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Professor Bagneris teaches African American/Diaspora art history and studies of race in Western Art. Her own work concentrates on the construction of race in British and American art and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Performance by Afro-Cuban band Sintesis

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The Cuban and Caribbean Institute presents: Sintesis

Afro-Cuban group Sintesis, founded in 1974 by Carlos Alfonso Valdes, is one of Cuba's musical emblems. The contemporary band has elements of ethno-fusion rhythms mixed with a core of jazz and rock and roll. In the 1980's, Sintesis grew in popularity, and by mid-late decade, the band was a staple of world music festivals. In 1989, they released their first album "Ancestros," and since then have released many more. Their album "Habana a Flor de Piel" was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2002.

All are welcome to attend.

Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.