Dr. Amy Buono

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: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30pm–3:30pm, by appointment
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: Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian cultural practices in a colonial context; museum history and theory, with a focus on tangible and intangible heritage studies; and the ethnopolitics of material culture. Deeply interdisciplinary, her research intersects with science studies, anthropology, museum studies, and art-historical 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 Centro Incontri Umani 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 on such topics as Indigenous featherworking and ritual culture in Brazil; Tupi crafts of color; images 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 project, Deviant Objects and Dangerous Spaces of the Early Modern Atlantic, explores facets and fragments of Brazil's colonial history through the lens of its contested spaces.

Amy previously taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Rio de Janeiro State University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as for the Getty Foundation’s “Connecting Art Histories” program at the State University in Campinas, Brazil. Amy serves on the Executive Board of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance. Eds. Amy Buono and Sven Dupré. A Cultural History of Color Series, vol. 3, General Eds. Carole P. Biggam and Kirsten Wolf. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.
Book Review: The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge. Kylie Message, London and New York: Routledge, 2018, Public Archaeology (Aug 27, 2021).
“Historicidade, acronia e materialidade nas culturas no Brasil colonial,” in Arte não Europeia: conexões historiográficas a partir do Brasil. Trans. Virginia Abreu Borges and Felipe Viégas. Rev. Trans. Gabriel Valladão Silva. Eds. Claudia Mattos Avolese and Patrícia D. Meneses, São Paulo: Editora Estação Liberdade e Vasto, 2020, 29-42.
“Representando o Tupinambá e o comércio pau-brasil no Rouen do século XVI,” Trans. Elena O’Neill, in França Antártica: Ensaios Interdisciplinares. Eds. Maria Berbara, Renato Menezes, and Sheila Hue, Campinas: Editora da Unicamp, 2020,183-202.
“Museums as Realms of (dis)Enchantment,” Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Dialogues section, Special eds. Tatiana Flores and Harper Montgomery, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2020, 79-82.
“Heraclitus and Diogenes in Raphael’s School of Athens,” Online response to Lisa Pon in Our Stories/Day 3, DECAMERONline, USC Dornsife, May 1, 2020.
Book Review: Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin. Daniela Bleichmar, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017, Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Volume 1, No. 2, April 2019, 134-135
“’Seu tesouro são penas de pássaro’: arte plumária tupinambá e a imagem da América,” Trans. Patricia Dalcanale Meneses, Figura: Studies on the Classical Tradition/ Studi sulla Tradizione Classica, Vol. 6, N. 2, 2018, 13-29.
Exhibition Review: “Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now,” ASAP/J: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (February 1, 2018)
“National Museum of Brazil Fire,” Interviews on CNN International with anchors Nick Watt and Rosemary Church, September 4, 2018.
Book Review: Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era. Ed. Heidi King, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012, CAA.Reviews.org (August 4, 2017)
“Representing the Tupinambá and the Brazilwood Trade in Sixteenth-Century Rouen,” in Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France. Comparative Cultural Studies Series. Eds. Regina R. Félix and Scott D. Juall, West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2016, 19-34.
“Francisco Pedro do Amaral (c. 1780-1830),”; “Manuel Ferreira Jacomé (1677-1737),” and “Leandro Joaquim (c. 1738- c.1798),” in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Eds. Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, vol. 1, 95; vol. 3, 369-371; vol. 3., 418-420.
“Museum of Presences,” Debate on Ethnography and Contemporary Art: Creative Tensions in Brazilian Culture, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Art and Ideas from Latin America: Public Forum of Issues Shaping the World, Moderator, Sabrina Moura with Maria Iñigo Clavo, Roberto Conduru, Rosana Paulino, August 13, 2016.
“’Their Treasures are the Feathers of Birds’: Tupinambá Featherwork and the Image of America,” in Images take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400-1700). Eds. Alessandra Russo, Gerhard Wolf, and Diana Fane, 179-189. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2015, 179-189.
“Historicity, achronicity, and the materiality of cultures in colonial Brazil,” Getty Research Journal, no. 7 (2015), Eds. Thomas W. Gaehtgens and Aleca Le Blanc, 19-34.
“Interpretative ingredients: formulating art and natural history in early modern Brazil,” Journal of Art Historiography, Special Issue: Material and Narrative Histories: rethinking the approach to inventories and catalogues, no. 10, December (2014) Ed. Richard Woodfield, Special Issue eds. Anne Helmreich and Francesco Freddolini, 1-21.
Book Review: Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Eds. Daniela Bleichmar and Peter C. Mancall, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, Winterthur Portfolio, Vol. 47, No. 4 (Winter 2013), 303-304.