William Barnes portrait

William Barnes

Associate Professor
Degree
B.A. Arizona State University
M.A. Tulane University
Ph.D. Tulane University
Office
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
Phone
(651) 962-5645
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5645
Mail
44C
Dr. Barnes will be on sabbatical during the Spring 2016 semester. 

Specialization: Pre-Columbian Art

William Barnes's primary area of research is the art of ancient Mexico, with a focus on Central Mexican sculpture and Mesoamerican manuscript painting. His current research focuses on discursive strategies used in Aztec (Tenochca Mexica) imperial art and the extent to which the Mesoamerican calendar was used in royal monuments. Barnes's other areas of interest include early colonial Latin American and Pre-Columbian Andean art and architecture.

Publications

"Secularizing for Survival: Changing Depictions of Aztec Rulers in Early Colonial Texts" inPainted Books and Indigenous Knowledge in Mesoamerica: Manuscript Studies in Honor of Betsy Smith, MARI Publication 69, edited by Elizabeth H. Boone, pp. 319-340. New Orleans: Middle American Research Institute. 2005

"Partitioning the Parturient: An Exploration of the Aztec Fetishized Female Body." Anthanor XV: 15-27 (1997). 

Recent Research Presentations 

"Aztec Royal Bloodletting and the Postbellum Reinvention of a Sculptural Genre." College Art Association annual conference, delivered in the Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) sponsored session "Drawing Blood: Images of Sacrifice and Identity in the American, Pre-Hispanic to Contemporary." New York, February 2007.

"But the Greatest of These is Marriage: War, Sacrifice, Marriage, and the Legitimization of Mixtec Conqueror Lord 8 Deer'Jaguar Claw." College Art Association annual conference, delivered in the session "Marriage in Mesoamerica," Atlanta, February, 2005.

"Aztec (Re)Presentations of Authority: The Reactionary Hypothesis." Delivered before the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., April, 2003.

"Icons of Empire: Recent Research and Preliminary Conclusions." Delivered at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., January, 2003.

"Mutable Authority: Images of Aztec Tlatoqueth in the Early Postconquest Period." American Society for Ethnohistory annual meeting, Tuscon, October, 2001.

"Aztec Zapotec-izing: The Imperial Significance of Mexican Acculturation." College Art Association annual conference, Los Angeles, February 1999.

"The Flayer-god and Divine Right: A Contextual Alternative to the Mesoamerican 'Pantheon.' "South East College Arts Conference (SECAC) annual meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, October, 1996.

"Visual Evidence and Mythological Context of the Aztec Fetishized Female Body." Delivered at 13th International Symposium of the Latin American Indian Literature Association (LAILA), Hamden, Connecticut, June 1996. 

Grants and Fellowships

2008   Saginaw Valley State University Faculty Research Grant Award (for travel to Mexico). Project title: Propotypical Simulacrum: A New View of the Great Tizoc Stone.

2002-2003   Trustees of Harvard University appointment, Junior Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

2001   Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc., grant no. 00027. Project title: Icons of Empire: Royal Presentation and the Conception of Rule in Aztec, Mexico. Research report can be viewed at http://www.famsi.org/reports/00027/

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association
Association for Latin American Art
Midwest Art History Society
American Society for Ethnohistory

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 500 - 01 Methods & Approaches to AH M - - - - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 40407 Instructor: William L. Barnes

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Location Time Day(s)
ARHS 594 - 03 Qualifying Paper &Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43343 Instructor: William L. Barnes As a demonstration of the ability to formulate and carry out original and scholarly work in the discipline, all students are required to submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study. The qualifying paper must also be presented at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department. Prerequisite: ARHS 593

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ARTH 110 - W05 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 414
CRN: 40920 Instructor: William L. Barnes Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ARTH 110 - W06 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 414
CRN: 40488 Instructor: William L. Barnes Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

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ARTH 211 - D01 Methods/Approaches/Problems M - - - - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 43143 Instructor: William L. Barnes An introduction to the methods and problems of art history, including the theoretical approaches to art and its history, the examination and analysis of the work and its medium, the role of the museum and gallery in the study of art, and bibliographic tools of the different disciplines of the field. Prerequisite: ARTH 110 (or 151 or 152 from earlier catalogs) or permission of chair

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 537 - 01 Meso American Cities - T - - - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 22430 Instructor: William L. Barnes This graduate level seminar addresses topics related to the art of the Ancient Americas (Mesoamerica, the Ancient Andes, Native North America, and early colonial Indigenous American art).

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ARTH 110 - W16 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 311
CRN: 21013 Instructor: William L. Barnes Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

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