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Dr. Amy Buono

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: Visual and Material Cultures of Colonial Latin America and the Atlantic World; Early Modern Art in a Global Context; Art and Anthropology; History and Theory of Museums
Office Location: Moulton Hall 217A
Office Hours: Fall 2022: Please contact Art Office at art@chapman.edu
Phone: 714-289-3569
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
The University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Master of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.


Amy Buono is a specialist in the visual and material cultures of colonial Latin America and the Atlantic world, with particular focus on Brazil. Among her research and teaching interests are: Ancient American, Colonial, and Afro-Brazilian artistic practices; museum history and theory, including tangible and intangible heritage studies; and colonialism and ethnopolitics. Deeply interdisciplinary, her research intersects with science studies, anthropology, museum studies, and historiography and methodology. Her awards include fellowships from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC-IDRF), the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Centre for Studies of Society and Culture Ascona, the John Carter Brown Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (MPIWG), and the Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo e Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ).

Amy has published articles and book chapters on such topics as Indigenous featherworking and ritual culture in Brazil; Tupi crafts of color; the representation of the brazilwood trade in sixteenth-century Rouen; temporality in colonial Brazilian material culture; early modern natural history and pharmacology texts as (art)historical sources; and the visual and material politics of race in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Brazil. Amy’s books include the co-edited volume (with Sven Dupré), A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Press, 2021) and Tupinambá Feathercraft in the Brazilian Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming). Her current research centers on race, religion and the visuality of crime in the Civil Police Museum of Rio de Janeiro.

Before coming to Chapman, 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); and the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Amy also taught for the Getty Foundation’s “Connecting Art Histories” program in the History Department of the State University in Campinas, in Brazil (UNICAMP). As of 2021, Amy joined the Executive Board of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC). 

Teaching and Research Interests


Visual and material cultures of colonial Latin America and the Atlantic world; early modern art in a global context; art and anthropology; history and theory of museums

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications