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 the history of contemporary art from a transnational perspective. 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, the history of exhibitions, the role of the art market, the materiality of recent practices, and the interactions between art and the process known as globalization. My course “Latin American Art: Strategies and Tactics” will also count towards the major in Latinx and Latin American Studies (LLAS).
Seeing works of art in person contributes a great deal to the study of art’s history; so far, field trips have taken us to the Carpenter Center, Harvard Art Museum, MASS MoCA, Dia: Beacon, the ICA Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among other places.
In my scholarship, I analyze the ways in which twentieth- and twenty-first-century art has been entangled with political and economic processes, especially those relating to the spread of capitalism. Crucial to this research is an investigation of how this entanglement may be seen to manifest in the formal and material components of specific works of art. My first book, Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art, will be published with University of California Press in 2020. It explores art, trade, and the trade in art from Latin America during the 1930s and 1940s. In a new and developing project, I will investigate art made in the new millennium, and the ways in which its design and fabrication engage with 1) the global division of labor and 2) the growing role of the Internet in contemporary society.
In addition to my book projects, I have published an article in the journal ARTMargins (MIT Press) about Oscar Bony's La Familia Obrera (1968), a chapter about artists using teletype machines in Argentina, the US, and Italy during the late 1960s for the book Conceptualism and Materiality (Brill), and catalogue essays about the work of Mateo López (The Drawing Center) and Kota Ezawa (SITE Santa Fe/Radius Books). I also co-edited a special issue of the journal Architectural Theory Review (Taylor & Francis) called “Designing Commodity Cultures.”
Before arriving at Amherst, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute and a recipient of a Mellon Foundation International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. I have presented my research internationally at venues including the Institut National d’Histoire de l'art (Paris), the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), and the Latin American Studies Association conference (San Francisco).