Associate Professor of Art History
Areas of expertise
Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America
Patrick Hajovsky researches pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes as well as the Spanish colonial Viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru. He teaches courses in the Arts of Mesoamerica and the Andes, indigenous books and visual literacy, colonial Latin American painting traditions, and colonial transformations of cities. As well, Hajovsky researches and teaches on the arts of Medieval and Golden Age Spain.
Ph.D., University of Chicago 2007
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster
Association for Latin American Art
January 01, 2011 - present
Teaching is a process of immersing students in new ideas while equipping them with the necessary skills to communicate effectively about art and its history. My courses in pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art not only provide a broad appreciation for art, but they also teach how to appreciate ancient and foreign objects according to their own aesthetic values, and, more importantly, how to relate these values to modern contexts. Class activities range from lectures and discussions about texts and images that develop ways of looking at different cultural practices, to writing assignments that develop strategies of describing context and providing relevant interpretations.
Art of Mesoamerica; Art of the Andes; Aztec & Inca Imperial Arts; Native Books, Images & Objects; Latin American Cities & Frontiers; Painting a New World; Art of Spain, 711-1700
Hajovsky's first publication, "André Thevet's 'true' portrait of Moctezuma and its European legacy" (2009) explores European prints of Moctezuma from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and shows how truth was constituted in European portraiture and how it was contested across political divides. He contributed to the British Museum exhibition catalog Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler (2009), and is advancing research into posthumous, colonial-period portraits of Moctezuma and their relationship to Baroque theater in New Spain and in Europe. Download article here
He is author of "Without a Face: Voicing Moctezuma II's Image at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City", which explores the construction of the antique image of Moctezuma and its transformations by various colonial authors. See Newstory here. Download article here.
His book, On the Lips of Others: Moctezuma's Fame in Aztec Monuments and Rituals, will be published by University of Texas Press in May 2015. In it, Hajovsky explores the politics of Moctezuma's fame through hieroglyphic inscriptions, portraiture, and ritual behavior in and around the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, to show how the king's presence operated in a duality of sound and image to convey his role as Great Speaker, the Aztec title analogous to 'king'.
Hajovsky is completing a monograph project that examines the patronage of miraculous images in Cuzco, Peru, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. During this time, the popularity of Our Lady of the Remedies waxed and waned before and after the great earthquake of 1650, while another miraculous image known as Our Lord of the Earthquakes eventually shadowed her renown. Hajovsky posits that through civic rituals, especially Corpus Christi, indigenous cofradias (brotherhoods) shaped and transformed the social memory of this patriarch.
His next book project will involve posthumous images of Moteuczoma in Baroque painting and theater.
On the Lips of Others: Moteuczoma's Fame in Aztec Monuments and Rituals. Austin: University of Texas Press (forthcoming, May 2015).
"Without a Face: Voicing Moctezuma II's Image at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City." In Seeing Across Cultures in the Early Modern World, edited by Jeanette Peterson and Dana Leibsohn. Ashgate Press (in press, 2012).
"Portrait(s) of Moctezuma." In Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler. London: British Museum Press, 2009. Catalog numbers 126, 127, 129, 130, 131.
"André Thevet's 'True' Portrait of Moctezuma and its European Legacy," in Word & Image 25:4 (2009), 335-52.
Groups & Affiliations
College Art Association
Association for Latin American Art
Latin American Studies Association
Renaissance Society of America
American Society for Ethnohistory