Julia Detchon

PhD Candidate

Art History

Modern and Contemporary Latin America

Research Interests

  • Conceptual art of the 1970s
  • Feminist movements in Latin America

  • Experimental practices under military dictatorship

  • Transnational networks of the Southern Cone


MA, Art History, The University of Texas of Austin

BA, Art History, Northwestern University


Julia is a doctoral candidate in the department's Center for Latin American Visual Studies. Her research is on modern and contemporary Latin American art with an emphasis on networks of conceptualism. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “Work-Around: Lea Lublin, Marie Orensanz, Mirtha Dermisache, and Margarita Paksa, 1968–1983,” examines the work of four women artists working in Buenos Aires in the 1970s.

For 2020–2021, Julia was awarded a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. She was previously a Fulbright scholar with the Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (IIEGE–UBA) and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum. Before pursuing graduate studies, she held curatorial fellowships and assistantships at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum.

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