Tatiana Reinoza (Sabbatical Fall 2022/Spring 2023)
Assistant Professor, Latinx
Tatiana Reinoza’s research and writing focus on contemporary Latinx art. She specializes in the history of printmaking of Latinx artists in the United States with an emphasis on the themes of immigration, race, and histories of colonialism.
Her current book project Reclaiming the Americas: Latinx Art and the Politics of Territory is an interdisciplinary study that examines how Latinx artists adopted the medium of printmaking, historically used by Europeans to chart and claim New World territories, to reclaim the lands of the Americas as belonging to indigenous, migrant, mestiza/o, and Afro-descendant people. It brings together the subjects of art, immigration, and geography to shine a light on one of the most popular, and yet understudied, mediums for Latinx artists. Drawn from the archives of well known graphic workshops across the country such as Self Help Graphics, Segura Arts Studio, Coronado Studio, and the Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica, the study focuses on paradigmatic examples of the geospatial turn whereby artists rework representations of land that break away from the Western gaze that envisioned the Americas as Terra Incognita (unknown), Terra Nullius (unclaimed), and Terra Nova (new). Reclaiming the Americas shows how Latinx artists have been at the forefront of battling the resurgence of anti-immigrant discourse, making visible migration histories, and staging an avant garde that critiques printmaking’s complicity in the colonization of the Americas.
Professor Reinoza is also coediting an anthology that will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the East Los Angeles workshop Self Help Graphics. Established as a nonprofit organization by the Franciscan nun Sister Karen Boccalero and a number of Latinx artists in 1973, this community-based graphic art workshop fostered the values of art for social change, dignity for all, and pride in ethnic heritage. The anthology brings together the work of ten scholars whose writing documents the history of this institution and its major contributions to contemporary art.
Her academic writing has appeared in the Archives of American Art Journal; alter/nativas: latin american cultural studies journal; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, as well as in edited anthologies such as A Library for the Americas: The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection (University of Texas Press, 2018) and exhibition catalogues such as ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, ed. Carmen Ramos (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2020).
Her teaching surveys the history of Latin American and Latinx art in the modern and contemporary period. Courses include: Borderlands Art & Theory, 20th Century Latin American Art, and Latinx Art & Activism. Before joining the University of Notre Dame, she taught art history at Dartmouth College, where she held a three-year Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowship.
B.A., Art Studio, Sacramento State University, 2004
M.A., Art History, UT Austin, 2009
Ph.D., Art History, UT Austin, 2016
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