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George Flaherty

Associate Professor, Art History (Latin American and U.S. Latino Art)

Director, Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS)


Flaherty earned his PhD in the history of art and architecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2011, the same year he joined the art history faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus primarily on visual, urban, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphases on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Cuba. His interests extend to postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of “global contemporary” art.

His first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement (University of California Press 2016), investigated the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City and its afterlives. 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 City, where he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hotel Mexico was recognized with the Arvey Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art in 2017.

His second book will examine modernist architecture, infrastructures of affect, and citizenship at Mexico’s northern borderlands in the decade leading to the emergence of maquiladoras (bi-national assembly plants), which served as laboratories for neoliberal transition.

Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art in Translation, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies, including Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952-1967 (IIE/UNAM 2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967 (MUAC 2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge 2012). He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.

From 2012-2018 he is co-principal investigator, with Dr. Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires), of “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90,” a series of research seminars and publications for emerging scholars from across the Americas sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. He has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and served on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. On campus, he is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies.