Brazil Studies Program: Ecology, Art and Politics in the 1970's in Brazil


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-030, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker:  Claudia Mattos Avolese, Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Campinas; DRCLAS Cisneros Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

Moderator:  Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University


This talk will discuss how artists working in Brazil in the 1970’s became interested in ecological issues as an attempt to build a critical position regarding the nationalistic and developmental projects and propaganda of the military regime.

Claudia Mattos-Avolese is Professor of Art History at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and member of the Comité international d’histoire de l’art (CIHA). She holds a Ph.D. from the Freie Universität Berlin, was a post-doc at the Courtauld Institute in London (2001), and a Research Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2012). She publishes primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian art and art theory. Mattos-Avolese is currently working on a project on art and ecology in Brazil. Her recent essays include "Geography, Art Theory, and New Perspectives for an Inclusive Art History", Art Bulletin (October 2014), and “Existe-t-il un art brésilien?” Perspective (2/2013). She recently co-organized the conference “New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias” which took place in Rio de Janeiro, August 25–29, 2015, soon to be published as a book.