Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. George Flaherty

Assistant Professor

Art History: Latin American and U.S. Latino Art

George Flaherty

George Flaherty is an assistant professor of art history and associate director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS).

He publishes primarily on Latin American visual and spatial cultures since 1940, with emphasis on Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His research and teaching interests extend to Cuba, film and media studies, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of global contemporary art.

He recently completed the manuscript for his first book, Hotel Mexico: Hospitality and Dwelling on 68 Student Movement, which investigates the uncanny and affective spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City, its representation and public memory. This project received support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Social Science Research Council, Society of Architectural Historians, and a Fulbright-García Robles grant to Mexico, where he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

His essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (winner of the Society of Architectural Historians 2015 Founders’ Award), History of Photography, Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967 (MUAC 2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge 2012).

He is co-principal investigator, with Andrea Giunta, of “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90,” a series of research seminars for emerging scholars from across the Americas sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative.

Recent graduate seminars offered:

  • Memory, Media City
  • Collaboration, Participation, Community
  • Image, Affect, Archive

Undergraduate courses offered:

  • Modern Art of Mexico
  • Mexican Art since 1968
  • Aperturas: Film and Photography through Mexico
  • Chicano Art: Histories and Futures