The School of Art & Art History is thrilled to announce that Dr. Emmanuel Ortega will be joining the faculty in the Department of Art History.
Dr. Ortega is a curator and a PhD in Ibero-American colonial art history from the University of New Mexico. Since 2007 he has investigated images of violence in the Novohispanic context. Ortega’s research centers on the visual representations of New Mexican Pueblo peoples in Novohispanic Franciscan martyr paintings. He has presented his work in the Annual Colloquium of Art History organized by the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, the College of Art Association, the American Studies Association, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum. In 2015, Ortega partnered with the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla México to curate two art exhibitions based on recently restored paintings from their collection, one of which is now part of their permanent exhibits. An essay titled "Hagiographical Misery and the Liminal Witness: Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits and the Politics of Imperial Expansion," was published by Brill in the Spring of 2018. He is a recurrent lecturer for Arquetopia Foundation for Development, the largest artist residency in México.
He will be teaching AH 236 History of Design II: 1925 to the Present and AH 562 Issues in the Art of the Americas.
Photo credit: Bill Hughes