Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas

Hemisphere is an annual publication produced by graduate students affiliated with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Hemisphere provides a forum for graduate students to present scholarship and studio practice pertaining to all aspects and time periods of the visual and material cultures of North, Central, and South America, and related world contexts. Through the production of Hemisphere students promote their educational and professional interests as they gain first-hand experience in academic publishing. Although the inaugural issue highlighted essays, reviews, and artwork by graduate students from the Department of Art and Art History at UNM, subsequent editions consist of work submitted by graduate students at other universities in the United States. The journal welcomes and will continue to accept submissions from authors at other institutions in and outside of the United States.

Current Issue: Volume 11, Issue 1 (2018) Ecologies of Nature and Culture: The Dialectics of Environmental Entropy and Decolonization in Art of the Americas

Editor's Introduction to Volume XI

Ecology is broadly defined as the empirical study of interactions between organisms and their environment. This analysis, however, often assumes that the "environments" studied exist in a natural state without addressing the social constructs we use to define concepts of nature and the limits of environment. Given their interdisciplinary backgrounds, art historians are able to provide unique contributions to the intersecting fields of art and ecology by bridging intellectual gaps located at disciplinary interstices, such as those that distinguish esthetics and social histories from environmental sciences. Every artist and scholar who participates in the developing discourses centered on the dynamic between art and ecology must engage dominant ideas of the environment, which may assume a variety of forms, from the social and political, to digital or built. To engage with environments means also to engage with the dichotomous relationships that exist between species and place. Not surprising then, is the questionable, socially constructed concept of a "natural" environment in the Anthropocene, as the term "nature" itself continues to be adopted and adapted to suit any number of socio-political agendas and their corresponding methodologies.

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Front Matter



Editor's Introduction
Amy Catherine Hulshoff Ph.D. Student


Nation Making and the Landscape in Oscar Niemeyer's Interiors
Veronica Sesana Grajales M.A. Art History


Artist Spotlight
Viola Arduini M.F.A. Student

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