Amy Buono

Amy Buono
Visiting Assistant Professor


Latin American art (colonial to modern); transatlantic visual and material culture; Brazilian visual and material culture; indigenous studies; art and anthropology; history and theory of museums.


B.A. University of New Mexico
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara


Amy Buono studies the visual and material culture of early-modern to modern Latin America and the Atlantic world, with particular focus on Brazil. Among her research interests are: indigenous and Afro-Brazilian artistic practices; material and intangible heritage studies; and colonialism and ethnopolitics. Deeply interdisciplinary, her work intersects with science studies, art and anthropology, history and theory of museums, and (art-)historical historiography and methodology. Her awards include fellowships from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Social Sciences Research Council, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Centre for Studies of Societies and Cultures Ascona, the John Carter Brown Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo e Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Amy has published articles and essays on such topics as Brazilian featherwork and early-modern performance; civic space and the brazilwood trade in sixteenth-century Rouen; colonial Brazilian art and temporality; Tupi crafts of color; early-modern Dutch and Jesuit medical texts as art-historical sources; and the politics of race in nineteenth-century natural history collecting in Rio. Amy’s forthcoming books include Tupinambá Feathercraft in the Brazilian Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press), and the co-edited volume (with Sven Dupré), A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Press). Before coming to UCSB, Amy taught in: the Art History Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas; the Department of Art History and Theory at Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil (UERJ), where she has a continuing affiliation as a research scholar; and for the Getty Foundation’s “Connecting Art Histories” program in the History Department of the State University of Campinas in Brazil (UNICAMP). Her current book project centers on race, pedagogy, and the visuality and materiality of crime in the Civil Police Museum of Rio de Janeiro. Amy is also a freelance translator of academic texts.

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