Sometimes time moves like that, not straight but sideways, backward even, and like the owls, in silence, in broad and looping arcs.

—Ben Ehrenreich1

The quality of time in Latin American and Latinx visual cultural expression became an ongoing fascination of mine as I researched and analyzed the history of South American political portraiture.2 When we consider artworks from their negotiated perspectives in time, the idea of the art object as whole, static, complete, and finished becomes fragmented. The renowned art historian of colonial Latin America George Kubler published The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things (Yale University Press, 1962) as a temporal assessment of cultural production observed through the lens of continuity and rupture. My initial thoughts on the subject of time as related to the art of historical Latin America were originally...

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