Harvesting the Tropics: Representing the Climate and Topography of Brazil's Nineteenth-Century Coffee Plantations

Caroline Gillaspie

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Caroline Gillaspie is a doctoral candidate in Art History atthe CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation traces the representations ofAmerican coffee culture from bean to cup through landscapes, cityscapes, andgenre scenes. She is interested in depictions of race, labor, environmentaldegradation, and the transport of commodities in these images. Caroline is therecipient of Early Research Initiative grants from the Graduate Center, and thePatricia Phelps de Cisneros Fellowship for the study of Latin American art. Shealso teaches at York College, NYC College of Technology, and Pratt Institute,and leads history and architecture tours around New York.


Published in his popular 1836 travel book, Johann Moritz Rugendas’s lithographed version of Coffee Gatherer’s, Rio depicts an orderly and productive coffee plantation. Overseen by their white master, a group of African... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Caroline Gillaspie (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

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P64 » Climate as Commodity (08:30 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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