University of California Press is pleased to announce that the first issue of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (LALVC) is now available at To celebrate the journal’s launch, LALVC 1.1 will be freely accessible online for the remainder of 2019. To access future issues, become an individual subscriber or ask your institution’s library to subscribe on your behalf.

Edited by Charlene Villaseñor Black (University of California, Los Angeles), LALVC is dedicated to publishing the most current international research on the visual culture of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as that created in diaspora. A defining focus of the journal is its concentration of current scholarship on both Latin American and Latinx visual culture in a single publication. The journal aims to approach ancient, colonial, modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx visual culture from a range of interdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives.

Scholars interested in submitting to the journal can learn more about LALVC‘s Submission Instructions and Author Guidelines here.

If you’re attending the CAA conference in New York, we invite you to come by the UC Press booth (booth #504) to browse a POD copy of the journal and to pick up some LALVC swag (we have buttons!). If you’re not in New York, we invite you to read the issue online.

Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction
Emily A. Engel

Editorial Comment
Latin American and Latinx Futurities: Publishing Visual Culture in the Twenty-First Century
Charlene Villaseñor Black


Against Precarious Abstraction: Bearing Witness to Migration through Moysés Zúñiga Santiago’s La Bestia Photographs
Kaitlin M. Murphy

Producing Idols
Byron Ellsworth Hamann

Unfolding Maps during the Maximato in Mexico
Delia Cosentino

Emptiness is Fullness: Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s Early Destructivist Works, 1957–58
Chon A. Noriega

Dialogues: The State and Future of Pre-Columbian Visual Culture Studies

The State and Future of Pre-Columbian Visual Culture Studies
Cecelia F. Klein

Pre-Columbia: Wherefore Art Thou Art?
Thomas B. F. Cummins

Pre-Columbian Art History in the Age of the Wall
Lisa Trever

Crossing Borders? A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on the Study of Mesoamerican Visual Culture
Jesper Nielsen

Visual Culture: Ancient Mexico’s Heritage
Elizabeth Baquedano

Lords of the Underworld—and of Sipán: Comments on the University Museum and the Study of Ancient American Art and Archaeology
Matthew H. Robb

Pre-Columbian: Perspectives and Prospects
Joanne Pillsbury

Book Review: Chicana/o Remix by Karen Mary Davalos
Adriana Zavala

Book Reviews

Book Review: Art Museums of Latin America by Michele Greet and Gina McDaniel Tarver
Irina Podgorny

Book Review: The Archaeology of Mural Painting at Pañamarca, Peru by Lisa Trever
Ananda Cohen-Aponte

Book Review: Relational Undercurrents by Tatiana Flores and Michelle A. Stephens
Abigail McEwen

Book Review: Eclipse De Siete Lunas by Dina Comisarenco Mirkin
Terri Geis

Book Review: Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790 by Ilona Katzew, Jaime Cuadriello, Paula Mues Orts, Luisa Elena Alcalá, and Ronda Kasl
Kelly Donahue-Wallace

This post is published as part of our blog series for the annual conference of the College Art Association, which is being held from February 13-16, 2019, in New York. We encourage you to share using the hashtags #CAA2019 / #CAANYC.