Luis Vargas Santiago


Curator and art historian, deputy director of public programs at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) and professor of the Postgraduate in Art History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He received his doctorate, master's and bachelor's degree in art history from The University of Texas at Austin, UNAM and Christopher Columbus University, respectively. His work discusses the crosses between race, gender and politics in the modern and contemporary art of the Americas from transnational perspectives. His research has been supported by numerous institutions and programs, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Terra Foundation in American Art, the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Program, and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. His publications have appeared in academic journals, books and art catalogs in Europe, Latin America and the USA. His anthology History's Bodies: A Nineteenth-Century Latin American Art Reader, co-edited with Andrea Giunta, will be published by Duke University Press in 2016. 

He has co-curated, among other projects: Images of Mexican (Palais des Beaux-Arts-BOZAR, Belgium, 2010), The Mexican Exodus: Heroes in the sights of art (National Museum of Art, Mexico, 2010) The Museum of Solidarity and archival memoirs (MUAC, UNAM, Mexico, summer 2016), and the Latin American Project: The Museum of Solidarity and Archival Memories (Snake Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 2015). He is also co-founder of the AURA Art and Culture initiative.