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Dr. Amy Buono

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: 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
Office Location: Moulton Hall 217A
Office Hours: T/TH 11-12pm
Phone: 714-289-3569
Scholarly Works:
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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 studies the visual and material culture of Latin America and the Atlantic world, with particular focus on Brazil. Among her research and teaching interests are: indigenous and Afro-Brazilian artistic practices; material and intangible heritage studies; museum history and theory; 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 (SSRC-IDRF), the Center for 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 essays on such topics as Brazilian featherwork and early-modern performance; the representation of Brazil and the brazilwood trade in sixteenth-century Rouen; colonial Brazilian art and temporality; Tupi crafts of color; early-modern European medical texts as art-historical sources; and the visual and material politics of race in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Brazil. 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). Her current book project centers on race, pedagogy, 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 a course for the Getty Foundation’s “Connecting Art Histories” program in the History Department of the State University of Campinas, in Brazil (UNICAMP).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications