Photo Credit: N.L. Roberts, IFA-NYU

The Colloquium is approaching its twentieth year. This series of lectures and panel discussions held two to three times per semester brings scholars from the U.S. and abroad to explore art historical and broader contextual subjects relating to the arts as well as the visual and material cultures of Spain, from ancient to modern time periods, and the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Americas from the first Contact era to the nineteenth century. Founded by Professors Jonathan BrownRobert Lubar and Edward Sullivan, the Colloquium is now organized by Professor Sullivan.

The Colloquium has been successful in enhancing the strength of the fields of Spanish and Portuguese arts from the virtually all time periods. Spanish art history has been a traditional strong suit of the Institute from its founding in the late 1920s under the directorship of Walter W.S. Cook, an eminent Hispanist. In recent years we have hosted several distinguished alumni of the Institute as speakers. They include Nuno Senos, professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Jeffrey Schrader, professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. Curators from the Metropolitan Museum, The Hispanic Society and The Frick Collection (among other museums) have presented their research at the Colloquium, as have faculty members from universities throughout the U.S., South America, the Caribbean and Europe. For the 2016-17 academic year we have a compelling series of speakers for both semesters.

The Colloquium is the product of the generosity and continuing support of Roberta and Richard Huber, and we thank them heartily for making the current year’s activities possible.



Thursday, December 7, 6:30pm 

From Spain to Italy: Myths as Identity for Emerging Powers in the Medieval Mediterranean (11th-13th centuries) 

Manuel CastiñeirasProfessor and Chair of the Department of Art and Musicology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Monday, November 27, 6:30PM

Portugal and the World: a History in Three Exhibitions

Jay Levenson, Director of the International Program, The Museum of Modern Art

Jay Levenson (Ph.D. – IFA) is a distinguished art historian and curator. Director of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art, Levenson has overseen dozens of programs and initiatives involving art from all parts of the world. Nonetheless much of his own scholarship has concerned the arts of Portugal from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. His exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Smithsonian as well as museums in Lisbon and elsewhere have been lauded for their excellence and originality. His lecture will explore several of his most outstanding contributions to Iberian art history, analyzing three key exhibitions that he has organized since the early 1990s.


Thursday, September 28

Between Toledo and Buenos Aires: Radical Modernity and the Mystic Cosmovision of Esteban Lisa (1895-1983)

Professor Edward J. Sullivan, Deputy Director, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, The Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU

Introduction by Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Esteban Lisa (1895-1983) was both an enigmatic figure as well as a major force within the development of art in Argentina in the mid-20th century. Born in a small town in the province of Toledo, Spain, he left for Buenos Aires at age 12. Like many other émigré artists to the Americas (Esteban Vicente, Maruja Mallo, the cinéaste Luis Buñuel or the musician Pau Casals) he formed a bridge between the artistic worlds of the New and the Old Worlds. Lisa developed a particular brand of abstraction that became widely acclaimed only after his death. (He refused to exhibit in his lifetime and, like his illustrious Buenos Aires contemporary Jorge Luis Borges, worked as a civil servant for many years). Lisa is the subject of a current exhibition at the art museum of Boston College. This lecture will place the artist within the context of his time in both Argentina and Iberia and will attempt to analyze the rise of interest in his work on both sides of the Atlantic beginning in the 1990s. Image: Fondation Audi, “Esteban Lisa: in the land of the Cedars” 2010, p. 66; PJT.

Archive (in progress)

Spring 2017 –  Fall 2016 – Spring 2016 – Fall 2015 – Spring 2015 – Fall 2014 –  Spring 2014 – Fall 2013 –  Spring 2013Fall 2012 –  Spring 2012 – Fall 2011 –  Spring 2011 – Fall 2010 – Spring 2010


Cover Photo Credits: Miguel Luciano, Entro P.R. / Double-Phantom, 1952 Schwinn Phantom bicycles, restored and customized, 2017; Pa-lan-te, neon, 2017. Photographer: Jason Wyche.