Ana María Reyes
Assistant Professor of Latin American Art Boston University
Ana María Reyes (PhD University of Chicago) is Assistant Professor in Latin American art history at Boston University and is the former Santander Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She has published articles on cultural desarrollismo and the São Paulo Bienal, commemoration and the aestheticization of violence in contemporary Colombian art, and metaphoric burial as political intervention. She is a founding member of the Symbolic Reparations Research Project (SRRP) that currently studies the role of commemorative processes in transitional justice. She is also preparing her book manuscript Dis-Cursis: Beatriz González and the Limits of Modernization in 1960s Colombia. She co-edited with Maureen Shanahan Simón Bolívar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon, University Press of Florida, a book that makes a case for the arts and humanities in democratic processes by demonstrating that cultural producers have exceptional freedoms and critical license to rework and re- signify even the most authoritarian narratives and icons.
Art historian Ana María Reyes discusses the importance of reception and institutional framing in understanding works of art and identifies key moments of Colombian art history.