James M. Córdova’s research focuses on visual studies, cross-culture visual practices, identity formation, image/text relations, the agency of objects/images, and the production, consumption, and evaluation of visual culture in colonial Latin America.
Colonial Latin America, colonial visual culture, Precolumbian studies, Mesoamerican studies, Inquisition studies, ethnohistory, gender, visual studies, visual culture, colonial semiosis, decoloniality, postcolonial, New Spain, New Mexico, portraiture, religious painting, Mexican manuscripts,
ARTH 3729 - Foundations in Latin American Art
Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines Latin America's cultural pluralism and art production beginning in pre-Columbian times and following through to the present. Considers the various functions of art as well as the relationship between objects, artists, and the cultures from which they come. Provides students with a broad frame of reference for many historical periods and equips students to evaluate art objects and their cultural contexts.
ARTH 4419 - The Arts of Colonial Mexico and Peru
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines important works, artists, and themes that comprise the artistic production of colonial Latin America. Focuses on the intermingling, convergence, and at times the clash of European, Amerindian, and African cultures, which established the foundation of Latin America's pluralism. Recommended prerequisite: ARTH 3729.
ARTH 4459 - Precolumbian Art of Mesoamerica
Introduces students to the art, architecture, and cultures of Mesoamerica, a region that encompasses modern-day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of El Salvador, and Honduras. Focuses on major Pre-Columbian art objects and monuments to learn about the societies and cultures from which they came. Also considers the various roles that the visual arts and architecture played in these societies. Covers Olmec through Aztec civilizations. Recommended prerequisite: ARTH 3729.
ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
ARTH 6929 - Seminar: Theories of Art History
Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Provides a systematic critical overview of the development of art history as a discipline beginning with 18th century theories of aesthetics and ending with current interdisciplinary models of critical interpretation. Weekly readings, discussions, reports, and written papers constitute the format of this seminar in methodology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours within a term. Required for MA (art history) students.