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

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

"The Teocalli of Sacred Warfare and Late Imperial Calendrical Rhetoric in the Court of Moteuczoma II" in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics. Forthcoming (2017).

"Aztec Art, Time, and Cosmovisión" chapter 42 in Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs, edited by Deborah Nichols and Enrique Rodriguez.  Oxford University Press. 2017.

“Divine Reckoning: The Calendrical Ground of Mexican Dynastic Imagery” in The Measure and Meaning of Time in the Americas, edited Anthony F. Aveni, pp.182-209. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University Press. 2015.

“The Aztec Calendar” digital resource on Mexicolore website

"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 

“Discovering the Hidden City: Tlatelolco in Aztec Art and History.” XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, NY, 2016. 

"Structures of Time: Aztec Imperial Architecture and the Mesoamerican Calendar." Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 2015. 

Organized “Otherworlds: The Natural and Supernatural in Andean Art” show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Exhibit created in conjunction with graduate students from ARHS 535: Art of the Ancient Andes. On display 11/1/14 - 4/21/15.

"Yn Acatzallan / Among the Reeds: Ancient Mexican Water Cults and Reed Years." Annual Conference of The American Society For Ethnohistory, New Orleans, LA, 2013.

“Divine Reckoning: The Calendrical Ground of Mexican Dynastic Imagery.” Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) Pre Columbian Symposium, Fall 2012.

“The Son Also Rises: A Reconsideration of Cecelia F. Klein's Analysis of the Aztec Calendar Stone.” Cecelia F. Klein Homenaje Colloquium: The Intellectual Legacy of Cecelia F. Klein.  Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum, UCLA, 2012.

College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Session organizer and co-chair: About Time in the Americas, 2012.

“Divine Enterprise: The Birth of Imperial Art at Tenochtitlan.” 2nd Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) Triennial, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, 2010.   

“Hewn by Conflict: Creating Imperial Identity in Tenochtitlan.” Annual Conference of The American Society For Ethnohistory, Ottawa, Canada. Session Organizer and Chair: Monarquía Indiana as Model and Medium: Crafting Identity in Mexico, 15th-18th Centuries, 2010.  

“The Shape of Mythic Time: Moteuczoma II’s Temple Stone and the Apotheosis of Aztec Imperial History.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) sponsored session “Between/Beyond Text-Image: Engaging Visual Culture in Mesoamerica and South America,” 2009.

"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

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

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

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/, 2001

Professional Affiliations

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

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARTH 110 - W05 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 414
CRN: 40820 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

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ARTH 110 - W06 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 414
CRN: 40460 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: 42187 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 2018 Courses

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