Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)
M.A., Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008)
B.A., Vassar College (2004)
At Amherst, I teach about art made since the 1960s. In my courses, we ask: How does the work of art operate in the world and how does the world operate in the work of art? This line of inquiry helps us think about the relationship between “the contemporary” and art history as well as about the relationship of art to history more generally. Among other topics, students will explore the politics of aesthetics, art's relationship to technological change, curating, the art market, materiality, and the interactions between art and the process known as globalization. I sometimes teach courses that focus on art from Latin America and those courses count towards the major in Latinx and Latin American Studies.
My research analyzes art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Materiality has been a central concern of my scholarship and its relationship to the political and economic entanglements of art is key in my first book, Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020). I am currently writing a second book which studies the intersection of materiality, technology, and labor surfacing in particular sculptures, buildings, installations, and films made since the 1990s, asking what it means to work with metal in a putatively postindustrial era.
I have presented my work internationally at venues including the Institut national d’histoire de l'art (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Courtauld Institute of Art (London). Before arriving at Amherst, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute and a recipient of a Mellon Foundation-funded International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.