Upcoming Lectures & Films

“Modernist Inventions of the Brazilian Baroque”

Lecture by Dr. Amy Buono, UCSB

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reception 5-6 pm / Lecture 6-7 pm

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Professor Dr. Amy Buono titled “Modernist Inventions of the Brazilian Baroque” on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 5:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 to attend the lecture. There are 32 seats available for the lecture. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis via Eventbrite, at the door, or by calling 805-965-6307.

This talk explores how the “Brazilian Baroque” was reinvented by leading intellectuals and architects in mid-twentieth century Brazil as a forerunner of a national modernist architectural idiom. We will see some of the most important late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Baroque churches, and consider how these buildings, during the Getúlio Vargas dictatorship, served to support nationalist politics through the construction of a “Brazilian” architectural lineage. In the process, Baroque architecture and sculpture in Brazil, particularly the works of “Aleijadinho” [Antônio Francisco Lisboa] (1730/8-1814) with the works of leading modernist architects and planners, such as Oscar Niemeyer (1907-1912) and Lúcio Costa (1902-1998).

Amy Buono is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Latin American Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated Researcher at Rio de Janeiro State University. Amy studies the visual and material culture of Latin America and the Atlantic world, with a particular focus on Brazil. Her interests include indigenous and Afro-Brazilian artistic practices; material and intangible heritage studies; and colonialism and ethnopolitics. Amy’s forthcoming books include Tupinambá Feathercraft in the Brazilian Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press), and, co-edited with Sven Dupré, A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Press). Her current book project centers on race, pedagogy, and the visuality of crime in the Civil Police Museum of Rio de Janeiro.