Ray Hernández-Durán, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Early Modern Ibero-American Colonial Arts and Architecture
Ray Hernández-Durán earned 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 history and 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, 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 (View book, Routledge, 2016) will be followed by a second monograph, A Historiography of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855–1934 (University of New Mexico Press), which is expected in late 2017. 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 January 2018 to commemorate the city’s 300-year anniversary. 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. In 2017, the journal, which is distributed nationally and internationally, will be marking its first decade of existence.