The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, announced today that Dr. Rosario I. Granados will be its associate curator of Spanish colonial art and religious material culture. Granados’s position is underwritten by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, as part of a gift that also includes short-term loans from the Thomas’s collection and research grants for visiting scholars.
Granados is known primarily for lecturing on gender, religion, and art in Latin America. She has held positions at the University of Chicago, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas in Mexico City.
The news comes ahead of the reinstallation of two galleries dedicated to Spanish colonial art at the Blanton. The galleries, which will open to the public in February, will include paintings loaned from the Thoma Foundation, as well as other materials from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.
“As a university, we are excited to support scholarship in this important field and lay the foundation for building a strong collection of Spanish colonial art at [the University of Texas],” Simone Wicha, the Blanton’s director, said in a statement.