Lucy Quezada — The Official Field: Visual Arts and Cultural Policy During the Military Dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile

Lucy’s dissertation project titled “The Official Field: Visual Arts and Cultural Policy During the Military Dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile” undertakes a comparative study of the construction of an official discourse about the visual arts in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile during the military dictatorships between the 1960s and 1980s. In her paper, she discusses transnational and comparatives methodologies that could be helpful for her project. Specifically, Lucy will analyze the perspective of the historian Micol Seigel in her study of racism in the U.S. and Brazil, in which she proposes a deconstruction of national identities to avoid the establishment of stereotypes related to nation-building. Lucy will contrast this perspective with the art historian María Amalia García’s idea of connective concepts as a methodological tool to put diverse cultural contexts in relation to one another. Her approach makes possible the comparison of phenomena that can be tied together around similarities coming from local, national, or regional processes. In the current primary research stage of Lucy’s project, she considers it crucial to take a critical approach to the cultural narratives of the dictatorships and relate each of the countries in the deconstruction of their nationalistic sentiments.

Lucy Quezada

Lucy Quezada (Talagante, Chile, 1990) is a Chilean art historian and PhD candidate in Art History at the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) of The University of Texas at Austin, sponsored by the Chilean National Agency of Research and Development (ANID) and the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in art history from the Universidad de Chile. She has recently been involved in research projects related to cultural institutions from the early 1970s in Chile, such as the Museo de la Solidaridadand the Instituto de Arte Latinoamericano. Her most recent publication is the co-authored volume Mario Pedrosa y el CISAC. Configuraciones afectivas, artisticas y politicas (2019). Currently, she is the Mellon Fellow in Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art and is working on her upcoming co-authored book El Arte como Revolucion. Debates, redes y actualidad del Instituto de Arte Latinoamericano (2022).

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