George Flaherty

Associate Professor

Art History

Latin American and Latinx Art

Director, Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS)

George Flaherty is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus primarily on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and film, focusing on Mexico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and their diasporas in the United States. He is also interested in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies; postcolonial and subaltern studies; and the urban humanities.

He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines cultural exchanges between Mexico City and Harlem from the 1910s to 1930s, and especially the traffic in blackness by Mexican artists. Other research projects look at: contemporary Afro-Cuban art, experimental Latinx video, and museums and citizenship at Mexico’s northern borderlands.

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.

Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art in Translation, Caiana, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies and exhibitions catalogs, including La Raza (2020), The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (2019), Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange (2017), Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952–1967 (2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952–1967 (2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (2012).

From 2012–2018 he was 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 is co-editor, with Giunta, of related research dossiers published in Artelogie and Caiana. In 2018, he co-convened with Dr. Robin Greeley (University of Connecticut) the “Precarity, Resistance and Art from the Americas” Colloquium at the Clark Art Institute, with support from the Mellon Foundation.

He has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He serves on the board of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians through 2021.

He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D. 2011).

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