Aaron M. Hyman and Dana Leibsohn Awarded The 2018 APS Publication Grant
Aaron M. Hyman and Dana Leibsohn have been awarded the Association of Print Scholars 2018 Publication Grant to support the forthcoming publication related to their project “Washing the Archive: Indigenous Knowledge, European Prints, and Colonial Histories of Latin America.”
The co-authored project focuses on the circulation of prints in colonial Latin America, highlighting unpublished documents and the methodological provocations indigenous practices can offer traditional early modern print histories. The funding supplied by the grant will provide both authors the opportunity to travel to the Library of Congress and to the University of Virginia to complete their study of indigenous uses of European prints in Spanish America, especially practices of re-use, circulation, and loss under colonial conditions. The $2,000 award is funded by the Association of Print Scholars and through the generosity of C.G. Boerner and Harris Schrank. We thank both print dealers for their support of APS and its mission.
Aaron Hyman is an Assistant Professor in the department of the History of Art at John Hopkins University, where he focuses on art of the Spanish Empire in the early modern period. He is currently working on his first book, which treats the copying of European prints by artists in colonial Latin America and the conceptions of authorship that emerged within the contours of this transatlantic phenomenon. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hyman also received a Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography (Rare Book School, UVA) and is a founding member of the Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. His work has appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, Print Quarterly, Representations, and The Art Bulletin.
Dana Leibsohn is the Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College. Her research focuses on indigenous visual culture and architecture in the Americas and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, hybridity in colonial visual culture, the trade between China and Mexico, and the early modern history of Manila. With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, she is co-directing a project, “Pacific America: Art, Travel, and Collecting, 1750-1850,” with Giorgio Riello (U. Warwick). Her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Getty Research Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has been published in Colonial Latin American Review, Ethnohistory, Journal of Material Religions, and RES.
The three jurors agreed that the proposal was compelling and effectively articulated, writing that “Leibsohn’s and Hyman’s scholarly research and resulting article will contribute much to widespread understanding of how European prints impacted Colonial Latin American culture.” APS would like to thank Lisa Conte, Head of Conservation, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Elizabeth Savage, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of English Studies; and Marilyn Symmes, Independent Curator, New York for their diligence and generosity in reading the submissions.