Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Elizabeth Boone

Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Studies - Newcomb Art Department

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Department Affiliation
Art history

  • B.A., College of William and Mary, Fine Arts, 1970
  • M.A., University of Texas, Art History, 1974
  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Art History, 1977
Academic Experience
  • Research Associate, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University, 1995-
  • Professor, Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, Tulane 1994-

Research & Teaching Specializations: Mexico, Art History, Pre-Columbian Art, Colonial Art of Mexico, Aztecs

Related Experience
  • Chair, Art Department, Tulane University, 1997-2000, 2008-2011
  • Associate Chair, Art History, Tulane University, 2002-2003, 2005-2006, 2012-2013
  • Advisory Board for the Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Art and Archaeology, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 1996-2000
  • Editorial Board and Area Editor, The Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, Oxford University Press, 1996-2000
  • Director, Pre-Columbian Studies and Curator, Pre-Columbian Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, 1983-1995
  • Coordinating Curator, Art of Aztec Mexico: Treasures of Tenochtitlan, National Gallery of Art, 1983-1984
  • Recipient, H. B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies, Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Peabody Museum, Harvard University, October 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012
  • Corresponding Member, Academia Mexicana de la Historia
  • President, American Society of Ethnohistory, 2009-2010
  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 2006-2008
  • Association for Latin American Art Book Award, for Stories in Red and Black, 2001
  • Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 1993-1994
  • Recipient, Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico, 1990
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1986-1987
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Nahuatl
  • German
  • Italian
Overseas Experience
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
Selected Publications
  • 2019. “Fashioning Conceptual Categories in the Florentine Codex: Old World and Indigenous Foundations for the Rulers and the Gods.” In The Florentine Codex: An Encyclopedia of the Nahua World in Sixteenth Century Mexico, edited by Jeanette Peterson and Kevin Terraciano. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2017. “The Pictorial History of Coixtlahuaca’s Lienzo Seler II.” In On the Mount of Intertwined Serpents: The Pictorial History of Power, Rule, and Land on Lienzo Seler II, edited by Viola Kónig. Berlin: Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin: 37 – 44.
  • 2017. “Who They Are and What they Wore: Aztec Costumes for European Eyes,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 67/68. Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 316-334.
  • 2017. Boone, Elizabeth Hill, Louise M. Burkhart, and David Eduardo Tavárez. Painted words: Nahua Catholicism, politics, and memory in the Atzaqualco pictorial catechism. Dumbarton Oaks.
  • 2017. “Seeking Indianness: Christoph Weiditz, the Aztecs, and Feathered Amerindians,” issue edited by Marcy Norton and Ralph Bauer. Colonial Latin American Review 26, 1:39-61.
  • 2017. “Discurso en imagines: la producción Azteca de textos cristianos,” edited by Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and Ángela Ochoa. Del saber ha hecho su razón de ser: Homenaje a Alfredo López Austin, vol. 2, pp. 27-43. Mexico.
  • 2011. Their Way of Writing: Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies in Pre-Columbian America. Editor with Gary Urton. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks.
  • 2007. Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2005. Painted Books and Indigenous Knowledge in Mesoamerica: Manuscript Studies in Honor of Mary Elizabeth Smith. Editor. New Orleans: Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University.
  • 2000. Stories in Red and Black: The Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: ARHS 3710: Colonial Art of Latin America, ARHS 6730: Seminar on Mexican Manuscript Painting

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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