Alexander Alberro

Virginia Bloedel Wright '51 Professor of Art History

Alexander Alberro's areas of specialization are modern and contemporary European, U.S., and Latin American art, as well as the history of photography. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Howard Foundation fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

He is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity, and the editor of a number of books, including Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings; Art After Conceptual ArtMuseum HighlightsRecording Conceptual ArtTwo-Way Mirror Power; and Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology. His essays on contemporary art have appeared in a wide variety of journals and exhibition catalogues. Alberro is completing a book-length study of the emergence and development of abstract art in Latin America, and is beginning to work on a volume, Periodizing Contemporary Art, which explores new forms of art and spectatorship that have crystallized in the past two decades.

At Barnard he teaches the history of modern and contemporary art, as well as the history of photography.

Selected Publications

Periodizing Contemporary Art (in progress; advance contract with MIT Press).

Abstraction in Reverse: Concrete Art and its Legacies in Latin America (in progress).

Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, co-edited with Blake Stimson (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009).

"Contemporary Art, Publicity, and the Legacy of the Artistic Avant-Garde," Texte zur Kunst (June 2009), 40-44, 92-94 (with German translation).

"Picturing Relations: Images, Texts and Social Engagement in the Work of Barbara Kruger," in Barbara Kruger (New York: Rizzoli, 2010), 193-200.

"Edward Krasinski's Dynamic Line," in Avant-garde in the Bloc, ed. Gabriela Switek (Warsaw: Funcacja Foksal, 2009), 358-388 (with Polish translation).

"The Wired Reverberation: Gilberto Zorio's Sound Play," in Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art No. 4, ed. Lynne Cooke (New York: DIA Art Foundation, 2009), 149-167.

"The Gap Between Film and Installation Art," Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader, ed. Tanya Leighton (London: Tate Publishing/Afterall, 2008), 423-429.

"History and Performance in Recent Video Art," in Brumaria, No. 8, (Spring 2007), 9-20, 169-177 (with Spanish translation).

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Modern art 
Contemporary art

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