Book Talk: Ananda Cohen-Aponte

The role of the visual arts in negotiating a sense of place and identity is an important one, and mural paintings reveal the complex ways that artists and viewers conceptualize the space they inhabit.

In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Ananda Cohen-Aponte will talk about her new book, Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between (University of Texas Press, 2016), about the vivid, often apocalyptic church murals of Peru from the early colonial period through the nineteenth century.

By exploring the sociopolitical situation represented by the artists, she discovers that the murals are embedded in complex networks of trade, commerce, and the exchange of ideas between the Andes and Europe. She also sheds light on the unique ways that artists and viewers worked through difficult questions of representing sacredness. Unlike the murals of New Spain that used abstract motifs preferred by the Incas, the murals of the Andes command power and contemplation, visual archives of the complex negotiations among empire, communities, and individuals.

Ananda Cohen-Aponte is assistant professor in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University. She was a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This event is sponsored by Olin Library.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Refreshments served.

Free and open to all.