About Professor Hernández-Durán
Ray Hernández-Durán joined the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History in fall 2003 while a doctoral candidate at The University of Chicago. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he has lived in Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Ilé-Ifè, Nigeria; Chicago, Illinois; and Mexico City before relocating to Albuquerque. At UNM, he is affiliated with the Latin American and Iberian Institute, Latin American Studies, and the Colonial Studies Working Group. He also served as Faculty Advisor and Chief Editor for Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, the graduate student journal produced in the Department of Art and Art History, which he helped launch in spring 2008. He was a member of both the AP Art History Development committee, responsible for creating and assessing the Art History exam, and the AP Art History Curriculum Review committee, charged with redesigning the Art History course taught at high schools across the U.S. He is currently a member of the College Art Association Conference committee, the body that reviews session proposals and selects the panels for the annual conference. In Chicago, Professor Hernández-Durán taught at DePaul University, the University of Illinois, and Columbia College, where he offered courses ranging from introductory Art History surveys to classes on pre-Hispanic, viceregal, and modern Latin American art, and native North American art. His museum experience includes an internship in the Print and Drawing room of the Huntington Gallery at the University of Texas at Austin, service on the exhibitions committee of the Union Directorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, three years as MacArthur Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, and as guest faculty curator at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. He recently accepted an appointment as Interim Curator at the UNM Art Museum starting August 2014. His primary area of specialization is late colonial visual culture in New Spain with secondary specializations in nineteenth-century Mexico, Museum Studies, and African Art. His publications include articles on 18th-century painting and 19th-century museum practice, and forthcoming books on the historiography of colonial art in Mexico. Proposed projects include an edited volume that examines the effects of Bourbon reforms on Ibero-American cultural production in the 18th- and early 19th century. He is currently working with the UNM Art Museum to collaboratively curate with graduate students an exhibition of African art scheduled to open in fall 2015. The planned installation will include a recently acquired gift of African sculpture and material drawn from the sizable and never before exhibited African holdings of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Also planned is the publication of a catalogue of African art at the University of New Mexico.