EODIAH Research Fellow Joseph R. Hartman was funded by the Santander Bank and the Meadows School of Arts to present at “Arte, Arquitectura, y Política en América Latina,” a conference held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Perú (September 28-30). Presented in Spanish, his talk considered the visual history of the Isle of Pines, a small island off Cuba’s southern coast once occupied by pirates, U.S. entrepreneurs, and then a maximum security penitentiary run by the Cuban State. The program was part of an academic exchange between doctoral colleagues in Perú and Texas. Spearheaded by SMU Chair and Professor of Art History, Adam Herring, activities outside the conference included a visit to Cuzco, the Nazca Lines, and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
October 13-16, Hartman co-organized the panel “Looking and Working in the Spanish Caribbean City,” with his colleagues Paul Niell and Asiel Sepúlveda, for the Eighth Biennial Urban History Association Conference held at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Hartman presented his work “Testimonies in Stone and Light: Photography, Urbanization, and Labor in Modern Cuba.” His talk considered Depression-era narratives of industrial positivism in photographs of “men at work” in Havana produced by U.S. photographer Walker Evans and the Cuban State.
These talks came out of Hartman’s dissertation, entitled Modern Dreams: Building Machado’s Cuba, 1925-1933. Hartman’s doctoral work focuses on the U.S.-funded public works campaign of the Cuban Dictator Gerardo Machado. Hartman will submit his dissertation for the fulfillment of his PhD in Art History at SMU this December. He will then return to Cuba with his family on a brief research trip for his book project on state-sponsored Cuban art and architecture.