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Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Alexis N. Salas

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Alexis Salas
Alexis N. Salas
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
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Alexis Salas
Adele Simmons Hall 104
413.559.5546
Alexis Salas is an art historian of global contemporary art. Salas holds a doctoral degree in modern and contemporary Latin American art from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish-language literature from Amherst College.

Alexis Salas is an art historian of global contemporary art. Salas is finishing a doctoral degree in modern and contemporary Latin American art at The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish-language literature from Amherst College. Salas has authored numerous publications, including “You Had to Be There: Artists’ Spaces and Ephemeral Projects” (Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico, 2017), and “On the Dematerializing and Rematerializing of Art in the Mexican 1990s” (Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990 – 2000, 2016), and presented lectures such as “Collaboration and Collectivity in Latin American and Latino Art: Muralism and Its Specters” (Northwestern University, 2017) and “Theorizing the Global Culture City: Contemporary Mexican Art and Artists in Paris” (Centre allemande d’histoire de l’art de Paris, 2010). Additionally, Salas has been involved in the curatorial projects “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in Mexico in the 1990s” (Armory Center of the Arts, 2017), “Strange Currencies: Art and Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000” (Moore College of Art & Design, 2016) to both of which she contributed catalogue essays, and “All the Signs are (T)Here: Social Iconography in Mexican and Chicano Art from Collections at the University of Texas at Austin.” (Blanton Museum of Art, 2014-2015).

Salas teaches a wide range of courses in modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. This includes courses on fine art as well as visual and material culture, engaging feminist and queer critique, often with a focus on people of color.  Many of her courses are for credit for the Five College Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Five College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies Certificate, and Smith College’s Museums Concentration. A first-generation college student from a working-class family, Salas is a graduate of and recruiter for the Institute for the Recruitment for Teachers, which helps underrepresented students pursue graduate studies in order to work in higher education. Salas’ work as an art historian, maker, and curator continue to inspire her research and experimental pedagogies as well as her service work within the academy.

Research Interests:

  • Globalization
  • Neoliberalism in the Developing World
  • Art Market, Collectors, and Collecting
  • Design (Fashion, Architecture, Material Culture) History
  • Film, particularly Third Cinema
  • Collaboration and Collectivity
  • Curatorial Practice and Museums
  •  ‘Zines and Artist Print Culture
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Plagiarism
  • Art Fairs, Biennials, Exhibitions

 

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