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Gaby Greenlee

Visual culture in colonial South America (Andes): textiles and other visual objects; concepts of landscape, territory, claim to land; conflict, contrast, confluence and things inbetween in colonial encounter
Research Interests: 

Andean textiles, landscape, territory, text and imagery, costume and performance, mestizo culture

Selected Publications: 

“Embodying the Sacred: Women Mystics in Seventeenth-Century Lima,” review,, September 2018:

"Threshold Objects: Viewing Textiles in a Colonial Andean Painting," article, World Art, January 2017:

“Sacred Currency: The Value of Textile in Colonial Andean Painting,” 15th Biennial Symposium Proceedings, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Ports, Textile Society of America, online Oct. 2017, digitalcommons@UNL publication:

"El Iluminado: Uncovering Identity in New Mexico's Obscure Sephardic Jewish Past," a book review of El Iluminado by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin, Images, A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Vol 7, Issue 1, DOI: http://10.1163/18718000-12340021 Brill Online:

Selected Presentations: 
  • “A Virgin Martyr in Indigenous Garb? A Curious Case of Andean Ancestry and Memorial Rites Recalled on a Christian Body,” 16th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium: The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global, Vancouver, BC (Fall 2018).
  • “Colonial Fabrications: How the Spanish Imagined the Andes to be Theirs in Law, Labor, and Land,” John Carter Brown Library associate fellows presentation, Brown University, September 5, 2018.
  • "Natura in Excelsis: Sacred Mountains as Producers of Culture, Wealth, and the Supernatural in the Colonial Mining Space," Third Annual Symposium of Latin American Art, Institute for the Study of Latin American Art (ISLAA) sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts and CUNY Graduate Center, Super/Natural: Excess, Ecologies, and Art in the Americas, April 19-20, 2018.
  • “On the Fringes and Edges: Inka Visual Culture and the Embellished Borders of an Imperial Territoriality,” Art History Graduate Student Symposium: Art On The Edge: Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries, Challenging Conventions, UCLA, Fowler Museum, October 21, 2017

  • "Sacred Currency: The Value of Textile in Colonial Andean Painting,” 15th Biennial Symposium: Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Ports, Textile Society of America, Savannah College of Art and Design, October 19-23, 2016.

  • “Shifting Values in the Colonial Andes: Nature, the Sacred, and Science in the Colonial Mining Space” [Talk] 5th Biennial Borderlands Conference: Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 11-13, 2016.

  • “Bordering Magic: Sacred Mountains and Alchemical Mining in the Colonial Andes” [Talk] Graduate Students’ Conference: Global Magic, University of Victoria, British Columbia (co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies and Religious Studies programs), February 19-20, 2016.

  • “A Season and a Time: Turn and Return in Andean Textiles,” [Talk] Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film and Media Studies: More than a Thousand Words, Stanford University, November 14, 2015.

  • “Quantifying Creativity: Art through the Eyes of Computation,” [Invited; participant as consultant] Digital Humanities Research Cluster and Data Science Initiative Event, UCSC, Fall 2015. Contributed to preliminary meetings for the event that helped frame its interdisciplinary discussion on art, creativity, and data science.

Teaching Interests: 

PARTICIPANT, Inclusive Teaching Graduate Certificate (UCSC Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning) Spring 2018

Reviewed and workshopped ways to promote inclusivity in the classroom to improve the academic environment and pedagogical practice.

LECTURER, History of Art and Visual Culture, UCSC, Summer 2017

Lecturer for course titled Advanced Studies in Pre-Hispanic Visual Culture: the Inka. Prepared and presented lectures on Inka visual culture to undergraduate students.

Honors and Awards: 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct research into the visual culture of colonial Peru, specifically in relation to the production, use, and circulation of Indigenous textiles as documented in various archives, museums, and textile collections in Cusco and Lima, Peru (January 2019-December 2019).

Thoma Foundation Grant at the Blanton Museum (University of Texas, Austin) Fellowship to research colonial Peruvian paintings from the Thoma Collection at the Blanton Museum, examining representations of Indigenous woven garments in colonial artworks (September 2018).

John Carter Brown Library Fellowship (Brown University) Fellowship to do research at the JCB for 2 months during the summer, researching early colonial legal contexts and processes (July-September 2018).

Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund (Pittsburgh Foundation) Fellowship to do research of Andean textiles and textile representations through various museum visits on the east coast (Summer, Fall, Winter 2018).

Metadata 2.0 Grant (University of California Humanities Research Institute) Grant to participate in a 2-quarter long program that pairs me with an expert to develop a project employing digital tools for my analysis of indigenous Andean textiles of the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods. (Winter, Spring 2018)

Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities (DHSI, U. Victoria) Grant to attend a 5-day class using GIS for digital humanities research, covering use of maps, texts, and tabular data with programs such as ArcGIS. (June 2018)

Linda S. Cordell Memorial Research Award (Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology) Fellowship for research in the Museum’s collection of pre-Hispanic textiles. (Summer 2018)

Betty J. Meggers Grant for South America (Americas Research Network) Fellowship for research travel to Cusco, Peru, for work in the colonial archives and for Quechua language classes. (Summer 2017)

Porter College-Visual Studies Initiative, Provost’s Graduate Student Fellowship. Fellowship for planning, coordinating film nights for undergraduate students. (Winter 2017)

Arts Deans Fund for Excellence. Fellowship award to present paper at Textile Society of America Conference. (Fall 2016)

Graduate Student Scholar, Conference on E-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies at University of California, Santa Cruz. Welcomed participant groups in talking circle/introductory session and also chaired parallel session on innovative pedagogies, specifically e-portfolios. (Fall 2015)

Digital Humanities for Art Historians, Getty Foundation/ George Mason University. Fellowship award for summer workshop, Digital Humanities for Art Historians; program focused on ideas and approaches to digital visualizations and interfaces for art history research and pedagogy. (Summer 2015)

Research Grant, Chicano Latino Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. Grant awarded for research tools/fieldwork. (Winter 2014)

Graduate Fellowship, History of Art and Visual Culture Department. Fellowship awarded for three years of graduate study. (2014)

Education and Training: 
Ph.D. in Visual Studies, UC Santa Cruz