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Angelica Afanador Pujol

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
Biography

Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol (Ph.D., UCLA, 2009) specializes in the art, material culture, and architecture of the indigenous people of Latin America in the Pre-Columbian and Colonial periods. Professor Afanador-Pujol’s research interests include indigenous agency and the social function of art as it intersects with race and ethnic relations, justice, political interests, and consumption in early sixteenth-century Mexico.

Her first book, The Relación de Michoacán (1539-1541) and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico (UT Press, 2015), examines the relationship between text and images in the representation of political, factional, land and judicial conflicts in the images of the sixteenth-century manuscript Relación de Michoacán. Some of her other publications in English and Spanish include the essays entitled “The Tree of Jesse and the ‘Relación de Michoacán’: Mimicry and Identity in Colonial Mexico” (Art Bulletin, December 2010); “J. Benedict Warren y su impacto en estudios michoacanos en Estados Unidos (In Abriendo Caminos: El legado de J. Benedict Warren a la historia y a la lengua de Michoacán, 2012); and “Let the Waters and the Pigments Flow on These Pages: Making and Emending Landscape in the Relación de Michoacán” (In Manuscript Cultures of Colonial Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches, 2014).

Her current project deals with the representation and function of food among indigenous images in sixteenth-century Mexico.  She is also co-authoring a book with historian Ricardo Aguilar about an indigenous noble and patron of the arts from Michoacán, Mexico (Don Antonio Huitzimengari: Información y Vida de un Noble Indígena en la Nueva España del siglo XVI).  

Prior to joining the School of Art at ASU, Professor Afanador-Pujol served as Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota (2008-2014); held an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University (2009-2010); and was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Art History, UCLA (2005); an Associate Instructor, Department of the History of Art, UC, Riverside (2002-2003); and Adjunct Faculty, at the School of Art, University of Arizona (2001).  

She is also the recipient of several research grants, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2007-2008); and a UC MEXUS, Dissertation Research Grant (2005-2007).

Selected Courses Taught:

Seminars: (Mis)Representing Justice: Art, Law and Censorship; Art, Food, and Consumption; Art of the Native Peoples of Latin America: Spoken Word and Painted Texts; Colonial Cultures and Identities (co-taught).

Upper Division Lectures: Aztec Art and Empire; Art of the Inka and their Ancestors;

Word and Image/Science and Art in the Age of Trans-Atlantic Exploration (co-taught)

Lower Division Lectures and Surveys: Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; Mexico On My Mind; Pre-Columbian Art I

 

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

 

 

 

Research Interests
  • Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Art of the Americas
Publications

Selected Publications:

Books:

The Relación de Michoacán and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, July 2015. https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/afanador-pujol-relacion-de-michoacan

      Para una reseña en español véase: http://www.scielo.org.mx/pdf/rz/v37n145/0185-3929-rz-37-145-00326.pdf

 

Co-Authored books:

Ricardo Aguilar and  AngélicaAfanador Pujol. Comunicación y Nobleza en la Provincia de Michoacán: La Información de Méritos y Servicios de don Don Antonio Huitziméngari (1553). Morelia: Exconvento de Tiripetio and Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (forthcoming).

 

Journal Essays and Book Chapters:

 “The Tree of Jesse and the ‘Relación de Michoacán’: Mimicry and Identity in Colonial Mexico.The Art Bulletin, December 2010, 293-307.

Translated and published as “El Árbol de Jessé y la Relación de Michoacán: Mimetismo en el México Colonial,” trans.         Ricardo Aguilar. In  ed. Yaminel Bernal Astorga, Morelia, la Construcción de una Ciudad, 19-56. Ayuntamiento de Morelia, Dirección del Archivo General, Histórico y Museo de la Ciudad; Archivo Histórico Municipal de Morelia, 2015.

 

“J. Benedict Warren y su contribución a estudios michoacanos en Estados Unidos.” In ed. Luise Enkerlin Pauwells, Abriendo Caminos. El Legado de Joseph Benedict Warren a la Historia y a la Lengua de Michoacán, 47-68. Morelia: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, El Colegio de Michoacán, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas-Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Universidad de Keio, Morevalladolid, 2012.

 

“Let the Waters and the Pigments Flow on These Pages: Making and Emending Landscape in the Relación de Michoacán.” In ed. Tom Cummins, Emily Engel, Barbara Anderson, and Juan Ossio. Manuscript Cultures of Colonial Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches. Series Issues and Debates, 141-159. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute, 2014.

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Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 362Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498Pro-Seminar
ARS 591Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 202Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 493Honors Thesis
ARS 494Special Topics
ARS 499Individualized Instruction
ARS 592Research
ARS 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 362Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498Pro-Seminar
ARS 591Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 202Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494Special Topics
ARS 499Individualized Instruction
ARS 592Research
ARS 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 362Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498Pro-Seminar
ARS 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 202Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494Special Topics
ARS 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 202Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494Special Topics
ARS 598Special Topics