This course examines the visual culture of Latin America before and after the culture of Latin America before and after the conquest up to the eighteenth centy. It first explores Mesoamerican and South American art and architecture, focusing on the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, Incan and Tupinamba. The the class studies the way in which the colonial culture of the Americas developed in the early modern period throught an analysis of works in various media including codices, painting, featherwork, sculpture, architecture and print. Historical political and religious contexts will be explored in relationship to art production. Some themes for the course include hybridity, cross-cultural interaction, conversion and propaganda.