Research Fellowship in Latin American Art and Science

The Huntington Art Collections and Research Division invite applications
for an 18-month full-time research fellowship as part of the project
“Visual Voyages: Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin.” This
project, led by Catherine Hess (Chief Curator of European Art at The
Huntington) and Daniela Bleichmar (Associate Professor of Art History and
History at USC), will explore the ways in which Europeans and Americans
envisioned and depicted Latin American nature from the Columbian voyages
through the nineteenth century. In this period, nature provided incentives
for exploration and settlement, commodities for trade, medicines and
specimens for scientific investigation, sources for literary narratives,
objects for collections, pigments for art and industry, as well as a
constant stream of representations. The texts, images, and objects produced
in and about Latin America burst with representations of nature, whether
fantastic animals, lavish flora, landscapes of military and spiritual
conquest, or specimens to furnish the physical cabinets and mental
categories of the natural sciences.

The fellow will work closely with the project leaders conducting primary
and secondary research to identify images, objects, and texts on this topic
in preparation for a major exhibition to be held at the Huntington in 2017.
The fellowship may involve national or international travel to collections.
The fellow will have a Ph.D. in art history, history, history of science,
or a related humanistic discipline; an expertise in topics directly related
to the research project; and fluency in Spanish. The fellowship will begin
no later than October, 2014 and last for eighteen months. The yearly
stipend is $55,000 without fringe benefits.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing
their qualifications for the position including research and/or curatorial
experience; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample (not to exceed 50 pages);
and the names of three referees to by 5pm on
Friday, March 28th. The referees should email their recommendation letters
directly to that email address by the deadline. Please submit all of the
above information in PDF format. Questions about the position should be
directed to Catherine Hess ( and Daniela Bleichmar (


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