Ray Hernández-Dúran

Dr. Ray Hernández-Dúran received an appointment in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of New Mexico in 2003. While at UNM, he co-founded the Colonial Studies Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Methods in Colonial Studies colloquium, both with support from the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and served as the Interim Curator of the UNM Art Museum (2014-2016). In 2006–2007, he initiated and helped found the internationally-distributed graduate student journal, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, which is produced in the Department of Art and Art History and for which he has served as chief editor and is currently faculty advisor. His courses focus on the history and visual and material cultures of the Indo-Hispanic Americas from 1496 through 1898, with geographic research concentrations in New Spain/Mexico, and historical emphases in the 18th- and 19th centuries. His works include The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Routledge, 2016), and a second monograph, A Historiography of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855-1934


  • PhD in Art History, University of Chicago (2005)
  • MA in Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)
  • BFA, University of Texas at Austin (1990)
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin (1988)

Research Areas

  • African Diaspora
  • Baroque Art and Architecture
  • Colonial Studies
  • Historiography and Methods
  • History, Visual, and Material Cultures
  • Indo-Hispanic Americas

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • New Spain
  • Peru

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • ARTH 450/550 Ibero-American Colonial Arts
  • ARTH 529 LGBTQ Hist Vis Cultr: 20th C
  • ARTH 580 Spanish Colonial Art: Inventing the Aztec, ca. 1519–2017