Lauren Grace Kilroy
Location: 5107 Boylan Hall
Lauren Grace Kilroy specializes in the art and architecture of the pre-colonial and Spanish Colonial Americas, particularly Mexico and the Andes. Her most recent publications focus on heart imagery and its relation to death, scientific discourses (e.g., anatomy and heliocentrism), pre-Hispanic sacrificial rituals, and the Jesuits in 18th-century Novohispanic paintings. Her book manuscript on Sacred Heart imagery is forthcoming with the University of Texas Press. She is also investigating the sociopolitical meanings of self-portraits genealogical portraits in Felipe Guaman Poma's Nueva coronica i buen gobierno (c. 1615), the symbolism of love in Novohispanic convents, blood cults in New Spain, and body parts. She is in the early stages of writing the second book on the art of death and dying in Mexico, 1521-1921.