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Ray Hernández-Durán, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Early Modern Ibero-American Colonial Arts and Architecture
Email: rhernand@unm.edu



Ray Hernández-Durán completed his B.A. and B.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. at The University of Chicago. His specialized courses focus on the visual and material cultures of the Indo-Hispanic Americas from 1496 through 1898, with research concentrations, geographically, in New Spain/Mexico, and historically, in the 18th- and 19th centuries. Among the various courses he offers outside of the colonial area are included, baroque art and architecture, the arts of sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora, Museum Studies, and Historiography and Methods. His work appears in such publications as, Revista de História da Arte e Arqueologia, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: Visual Cultures of the Nineteenth Century, Nineteenth Century Studies: The Interdisciplinary Journal of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Hacia otra historia del arte en México, Religion as Art, Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America, Buen Gusto and Classicism in the Visual Cultures of Latin America 1780–1910, The Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs, The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, and Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society, and Culture, among others. His book, The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Routledge, 2017) was nominated for the 2018 Latin American Studies Association Mexico Book Award in the Humanities, and will be followed by a second monograph, A Historiography of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855–1934 (University of New Mexico Press). Additional forthcoming publications include an essay, “Politics, Society, and Art in the Age of Bourbon Reform: Placing the Portrait in Eighteenth-Century New Spain” to be included in the catalogue for the exhibition, Circa 1718: Art of New Spain during San Antonio’s First Century, scheduled to open at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas in February 2018 to commemorate the city’s 300-year anniversary. Ray has been the recipient of various awards throughout his academic career, including: a Title VI F.L.A.S. Fellowship to study Brazilian Portuguese in Brazil, a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship to study and conduct research in Nigeria, a second Title VI F.L.A.S. Fellowship to study Yoruba at UW-Madison, a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship to conduct research in Mexico City, a MacArthur Fellowship to fund his salary as MacArthur Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support a speaker series on colonial art, and most recently, a Fulcrum Fund grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation to support the production of an exhibition catalogue and a speaker series. Ray is affiliated with Latin American Studies and the Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM, and served as Interim Curator at the University of New Mexico Art Museum (2014–2016). He was a member of, both, the AP Art History Development Committee (2008–2012) and the AP Art History Curriculum Review Committee (2010–2012), and also served on the College Art Association Conference Committee (2010–2013). He co-founded the Colonial Studies Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Methods in Colonial Studies colloquium, both, with support from the LAII. In 2006–2007, he initiated and helped found the graduate student journal, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, which is produced in the Department of Art and for which he has served as chief editor and is currently faculty advisor.



Here is a link to a review of Ray’s book, The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Routledge, 2016) by Claudia Mattos Avolese (member of the faculty at the University of Campinas, Brazil, and currently, a visiting scholar at Harvard University), published in Journal of Art Historiography (December 1, 2017)