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Anna Indych-López
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2003
Research Interests: 20th-Century Latin American Art

Professor of 20th-Century Latin American Art

Professor Anna Indych-López's work investigates Latin American and U.S. modernisms as well as Latinx and U.S.-Mexico borderlands contemporary art, focusing on trans-American exchanges, the polemics of realisms, and public space.  Her book on Judith F. Baca, which will be published in the fall of 2017 by The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and The University of Minnesota Press, probes the public artist’s aesthetic strategies to activate the contested socio-political, spatial, and racial histories of Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. Her new project investigates the ways in which urban spatial representations and interventions born out of Mexico City impact the lives of those who inhabit, visit, consume, view, and produce it, expanding on some of the themes in her first books:  Muralism without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927-40 (2009) and Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art (2011; co-authored with Leah Dickerman for the exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art, New York).
Current dissertations under her supervision are:  

Elizabeth DeRose, “Defying Graphic Tradition: The Printmaking Strategies of Latin American Conceptualists (1963 – 84)”

Elizabeth Donato, “The Intimate City: The Valparaíso School in the Urban Sphere, 1952-1972”

Mya Dosch, “Creating 1968: Art, Architecture, and the Memory of the Mexican Student Movement, 1976-2008”

Alberto McKelligan, “Mónica Mayer: Translocality and the Development of Feminist Art in Contemporary Mexico” (expected deposit date: February 2017)

Gillian Sneed, “Gendered Subjectivity and Resistance: Brazilian Women's Performance-for-Camera, 1974-1985”

María-Laura Steverlynck, “The School of the South Experiment: The Pedagogy and Legacy of a New World Modernism”

Danielle Stewart, “Framing the City: Photography and the Construction of São Paulo (1930-1955)”

Selected Publications:

“Mexican Muralism in the United States in the Early 1930s: The Social, The Real, and The Modern.” In Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950.  Exh. cat.  Edited by Matthew Affron, Mark Castro, Dafne Cruz Porcini, and Renato González Mello. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, 2016.

“Technology, Labor, and Realism:  Diego Rivera’s Secretaría de Educación Pública Murals.” In Araceli Tinajero and J. Brian Freeman, eds.  Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico.  University of Alabama Press, 2013.

With Leah Dickerman. Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art. Ex. cat. New York: MoMA, 2012.
“Mexican Muralism in The United States:  The Controversies and Paradoxes of Patronage and Reception.” In Mexican Muralism:  A Critical History, edited by Alejandro Anreus, Robin A. Greeley, and Leonard Folgarait, 208-226.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.  
“Alfredo Ramos Martinez: Indians, Hollywood, and the Los Angeles Times,” in MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985 exh. cat. Long Beach, CA: The Museum of Latin American Art, 2011. (Part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative).

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

"Hecho para E.U.A.: de Orozco, Los horrores de la Revolución." La zarza rediviva: J.C. Orozco a contraluz. Ernesto Lumbreras, ed. Mexico: Instituto Cultural Cabañas, 2010.

"Making Nueva York Moderna: Latin American Artists, The International Avant- Gardes, and The New School." Nueva York. Edward Sullivan, ed. New York: New York Historical Society, 2010.

Muralism without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927-1940. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.

“’An Abstract Courbet’: The Cubist Spaces of Diego Rivera’s Murals.” Diego Rivera in Paris: The Cubist Portraits. Exh. Cat. Dallas: The Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2009.

“Mural Gambits: Mexican Muralism in the United States and the ‘Portable’ Fresco.” Art Bulletin LXXXIX, no. 2 (June 2007): 286-304.

“‘None of Those Little Donkeys for Me’: Tamayo, Cultural Prestige, and Perceptions of Modern Mexican Art in the United States.” Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted. Mexico: Turner Libros and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2007, 343-365.

“Between Worlds: Anita Brenner, Transcultural Identity, and Mexican Art in New York.” Anita Brenner: Visión de una época. Mexico: Editorial RM, 2007, 41-51.