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Adrian Anagnost
Assistant Professor, Art History, Modern & Contemporary, Latin America
Jesse Poesch Assistant Professor
305 Woldenberg Art Center


Ph.D. University of Chicago, Art History


Adrian Anagnost teaches modern and contemporary art, focusing on intersections of art and architecture in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe after 1960. Research interests include art and urbanism; museum architecture and exhibition design; artistic networks; performance and participation; and theories of “the social” in 20th- and 21st-century art. She is currently completing a book manuscript analyzing how theories of modernist architecture and urbanism permeated art of twentieth-century Brazil. Her current research project examines relationships between contemporary artists and institutions, focusing on the networked practices of Theaster Gates and Tania Bruguera.

Select publications

“Limitless Museum: P. M. Bardi's Aesthetic Re-education,” Modernism/modernity (forthcoming).

"Theaster Gates' Social Formations," nonsite 24, The Neoliberal Coup (Summer 2018).

"Americans in Athens: Learning from Documenta 14," all-over: Magazin für Kunst und Ästhetik (Basel/Vienna) 14 (Spring 2018): 17-29. [with Manol Gueorguiev]

Lygia Pape in Transit: Performing Site in 1960s-1970s Rio de Janeiro,” ASAP/Journal 2, no. 3, Site Specificity without Borders (September 2017): 521-550.

"Craft and Conquest: The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, May 28-November 27, 2016," nonsite #20 Political and Aesthetic Post-Mortem (Winter 2017).

“Parasitism and Contemporary Art,” in Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction, ed. Pamela Fraser and Roger Rothman (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 79-96.

“Teresa Żarnower: Bodies and Buildings,” Woman's Art Journal 37, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 38-49.

Creaturely Life and Bodily Expressivity in Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her,” Chicago Art Journal 21 (2012).

“Internationalism, Brasilidade, and Politics: Waldemar Cordeiro and the Search for a Universal Language,” Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas 3 (2010).


Review of Abigail McEwen and Susanna Temkin's Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s,, January 9, 2018,

“Hélio Oiticica's Underground Order,” December 20, 2017, Pelican Bomb,

Hélio Oiticica's Underground Order

Hélio Oiticica’s Underground Order · Pelican Bomb
Adrian Anagnost looks at how Hélio Oiticica’s canonical practice has been received over time in Brazil and the United States.

"Hélio Oiticica: dobrar a moldura, de Irene V. Small,” ARS (São Paulo) 15, no. 30 (2017): 293-300; online at

“Presence, Silence, Intimacy, Duration: Lygia Clark’s Relational Objects,” May 10, 2017, Pelican Bomb,

Review of Irene V. Small's Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame, Critical Inquiry 43, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 752-753; online at

Dissertations and Theses Advised

A Public Perspective: Spatial Logics in the Murals of Diego Rivera (Ph.D. diss., in-progress)
De/Face: Performance and Painting in Chicanx Public Art (M.A. thesis, expected 2019)
"Para el ala y para el vuelo": Photography and Nation in Revista Alero (M.A. thesis, expected 2019)
Orientalized Indigenism in Chile: Expansionism, Genocide, and Art (1845-1905) (MA thesis, 2018)


Grace Hartigan and Frank O'Hara: Partnership, Painting, and Camp in the New York School (M.A. thesis, expected 2019)
Breeching Taboo: Depictions of Pregnancy in the Work of Gustav Klimt (MA thesis, 2018)
Cutting Time: A Temporal Reading of Wangechi Mutu’s Collaged Bodies (MA thesis, 2017)
Figuring Female Corporeality: The Body in the Early Work of Niki de Saint Phalle (MA thesis, 2017)

Selected Student Placements

Selected Student Placements (Professional)

Assistant Curator of Education, Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA)

Selected Student Acceptances (Academic)

Ph.D. program, Art History, Boston University
Ph.D. program, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ph.D. program, Art History, The University of Chicago