Routledge: Companion to Decolonizing Art History

Edited By Tatiana FloresFlorencia San MartínCharlene Villaseñor Black
Copyright 2024

This companion is the first global, comprehensive text to explicate, theorize, and propose decolonial methodologies for art historians, museum professionals, artists, and other visual culture scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

Art history as a discipline and its corollary institutions – the museum, the art market – are not only products of colonial legacies but active agents in the consolidation of empire and the construction of the West. The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art History joins the growing critical discourse around the decolonial through an assessment of how art history may be rethought and mobilized in the service of justice – racial, gender, social, environmental, restorative, and more. This book draws attention to the work of artists, art historians, and scholars in related fields who have been engaging with disrupting master narratives and forging new directions, often within a hostile academy or an indifferent art world. The volume unpacks the assumptions projected onto objects of art and visual culture and the discourse that contains them. It equally addresses the manifold complexities around representation as visual and discursive praxis through a range of epistemologies and metaphors originated outside or against the logic of modernity. This companion is organized into four thematic sections: Being and Doing, Learning and Listening, Sensing and Seeing, and Living and Loving.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, museum studies, race and ethnic studies, cultural studies, disability studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The publication includes Tatiana Flores’  interview with artist and author, Ken Gonzales-Day.

ISBN 9781003152262
626 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations
Published November 27, 2023 by Routledge

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Tatiana Flores, Florencia San Martín, and Charlene Villaseñor Black

Being and Doing

1. Writing Art History in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Eddie Chambers

2. Being an Indigenous Art Historian in the Twenty-First Century: How Can Māori Adornment Reveal New Ways of Thinking about Art, Its Histories, and Futures

Ngarino Ellis

3. Reinvention at the Wheel: Shaping New Histories in the Decolonization of Disability

Amanda Cachia

4. The Power of Absence: An Interview with Ken Gonzales-Day

Tatiana Flores

5. Art in Paradise Found and Lost

LeGrace Benson

6. The Maquette-Modèles of Bodys Isek Kingelez: Creole Visions of Decolonial Monuments

Sandrine Colard

7. Decolonizing La Revolución: Cuban Artistic Practice in a Liminal Space

María de Lourdes Mariño Fernández

8. Museums Are Temples of Whiteness

Sumaya Kassim

9. Stepping Out of the Shadow of Imperial Monochrony: A Place-Centric Approach to Decolonizing Japanese Art History

Akiko Walley

10. On Failure and the Nation-State: A Decolonial Reading of Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo for America

Florencia San Martín

11. Light as a Feather: The Anti-Capitalist Radiance of Decolonial Art History

Wendy M. K. Shaw

Learning and Listening

12. Where’s Decolonization? The Ohketeau Cultural Center, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Arts Institutions

Rhonda Anderson and Larry Spotted Crow Mann, with Jonathan P. Eburne, Stacy Klein, and Carlos Uriona

13. Overcoming Art History’s Meta-Narrative

Deborah Hutton

14. Pathways to Art History: Pedagogy, Research, and Praxis through a Decolonial Lens

Ananda Cohen-Aponte

15. Pedagogies of Place: Listening and Learning in the Margins

Keg de Souza

16. The Unbearable Lightness of Adjuncting Art History

Claire Raymond

17. Decolonial Cinematic Flows: Histories, Movements, Confluences

Dalida María Benfield

18. Re-indigenizing Ancient Mexican Glyphic Codices

Felicia Rhapsody Lopez

19. (Not) Performing Pasifika Indigeneity: Destabilizing the Researcher as Decolonizing Method in Art History

Amelia Jones

20. Afterlives/Futurelives: Imagining Mermaids and Recalling Ghost Dancing

Roshini Kempadoo 

21. Decolonizing California Mission Art and Architecture Studies

Yve Chavez

22. Radical Pedagogy:  Environmental Performances and the Politics of Hope

Jane Chin Davidson

Sensing and Seeing 

23. Spooky Art History (or, Whatever Happened to the Postcolonial?)

Kajri Jain

24. Spatial Abstraction as a Colonizing Tool

Fernando Luiz Lara

25 Dishumanizing Art History?

Carolyn Dean

26. The Digital Voice as Postcolonial Proxy

Pamela N. Corey

27. Reflecting on Whiteness in Recent Contemporary Artwork Exploring Transnational Poland

Alpesh Kantilal Patel

28. Racialization, Creolization, and Minor Transnationalism: Black and Indigenous Exchange in Spanish Colonial Visual Culture

Elena FitzPatrick Sifford

29. The Imperial Landscape of Eighteenth-Century Anglo-Indian Portraiture

Zirwat Chowdhury

30. Unseeing Art History: Inka Material Culture

Andrew James Hamilton

31. Debility and the Ethics of Proximity: Spatial and Temporal Immediacy in the Work of Candice Lin

Hentyle Yapp

32. Decolonizing Crocodiles, Repatriating Birds: Human-Animal Relations in the Indian Landscape

Tamara Sears

33. “We Are So Many Bodies, My Friends”: Countervisibility as Resurgent Tactics

Sarita Echavez See

Living and Loving 

34. “She Carried with Her … A Large Bundle of Wearing Apparel Belonging to Herself”: Slave Dress as Resistance in Portraiture and Fugitive Slave Advertisements

Charmaine A. Nelson

35. Rina Banerjee’s Decolonial Ecologies

Rebecca M. Brown

36. The Teaching Is in the Making: A Relational and Embodied Experience of Anishinaabe Photographs

Celeste Pedri-Spade

37. Reflections on a Latinx Decolonial Praxis for Medievalists

Roland Betancourt

38. The Waters Surrounding Wallmapu, the Waters Surrounding Life

Seba Calfuqueo

39. Dialogical Episodes for Decolonizing (Art) History

Ana María Reyes

40. Inner Spaces: The Depth Imagination

Elizabeth DeLoughrey

41. Maria Auxiliadora da Silva: Nossa Mãe Maria of Terreiro Life and Faith on Black Grounds

Genevieve Hyacinthe

42. Michael Richards: Performance as Ritual and Black-Indigenous Haptic Visuality

Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

43. Bittersweet Histories and Tarnished Gold: Slavery’s Sounds, Sights, and Silences in the Legacy of Dutch Brazil

Anuradha Gobin

44.  A Personal Take, or Stuck in the Middle/Side and Going Nowhere: An Attempt at Imagining a Methodology for Engaging Colonial Photographic Archives, Histories, and Subjectivities

George Mahashe


45. Towards a Combative Decolonial Aesthetics

Nelson Maldonado-Torres