Please join us for presentations by doctoral students on Jamaican artist John Dunkley and abstract art in Argentina and Central America informed by questions of race, gender, and sexuality, followed by discussion. The students – Nicole Smythe-Johnson, Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin; Ayelen Pagnanelli, Art and Patrimony, Universidad Nacional de San Martín/CONICET; and Adriana Obiols, Art History, University of Chicago – are participants in the 2023 Latin American and Latinx Art and Visual Culture Dissertation Workshop convened by the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) in partnership with the Institute for Studies in Latin American Art (ISLAA). Schedule listed below.


Nicole Smythe-Johnson, University of Texas at Austin
John Dunkley: In Pursuit of a Subaltern Modernism

Ayelen Pagnanelli, Universidad Nacional de San Martín/CONICET
Gender and Sexuality in Argentine Abstract Art (Buenos Aires, 1937–1963)

Coffee Break

Adriana Obiols, University of Chicago
Informal Training: Gestural Abstraction and its Afterlives in Central America, 1960–1990

Established in 2009 at the University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) is a center for the advanced study of modern and contemporary art and visual culture from the Americas. Please visit to learn more.

Founded in 2011 and based in New York City, the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) expands scholarship, public engagement, and the international visibility of art from Latin America through our program of exhibitions, publishing, research, and partnerships. Please visit to learn more.

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