Dr. Maya Jiménez

About Dr. Maya Jiménez

Dr. Maya Jiménez is Contributing Editor for Twentieth-Century Latin American Art. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she focused on the transatlantic dialogues between Latin American and European modern art. She is currently a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Many Taíno words, such as canoe, hammock, and tobacco, still exist in today’s Spanish as well as English vocabulary.

Introduction to Taíno art

The goal of the eagle warrior was to capture the greatest number of captives, who would then be sacrificed to the Mexica gods. All warriors rose in rank according to the number of captives they acquired.

Eagle Warrior (Mexica)

Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits, demonstrating the importance of this genre to her artistic oeuvre.

Frida Kahlo, introduction

Mexico after independence
Revolutionary priests and an ex-member of the Spanish military led a charge for independence and equality for some.

Mexican Independence

Stereotypical folkloric scenes were widely circulated, shaping perceptions of Latin America at home and abroad.


One of many Maya city-states, Palenque rose to prominence in the seventh century thanks to an ambitious local lord.

Palenque (Classic Period)

The Maya, an introduction
As independent city-states, the ancient Maya lacked a centralized power but shared a common belief system.

The Maya, an introduction

Mesoamerica before European colonization
The Aztecs knew Teotihuacan as the “city of the gods” and revered it. But who were the people who built it?