Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. George Flaherty

Assistant Professor

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

George Flaherty

George F. Flaherty is an assistant professor of art history and associate director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS). He is also affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies on campus.

Dr. Flaherty publishes primarily on Latin American and U.S. Latino 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.

The University of California Press published his first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement, which investigates the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City and its representation, in August 2016. 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), Art in Translation, 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).

From 2012-2015 he was co-principal investigator, with Dr. 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. This grant has recently been renewed to pursue a related publication project. Dr. Flaherty has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Harry Ransom Center, Autry Museum of the American West and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.


  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • M.A. & Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

Graduate Seminars Offered

  • Intermedia: Art/History/Theory
  • Memory, Media, City
  • Collaboration, Participation, Community
  • Image, Affect, Archive
  • Cuba and the Latin/American Imagination (planned for Spring 2017)
  • Art and the Urban: Los Angeles, Mexico City, Buenos Aires (planned for Spring 2018)

Undergraduate Courses Offered

  • Modern Art of Mexico
  • Contemporary Art of Mexico
  • Aperturas: Film and Photography through Mexico
  • Chicano Art: Histories and Futures
  • Introduction to the Visual Arts (contemporary art focus)
  • Cuba: Art and Revolution (planned for Fall 2017)

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