George Flaherty is an associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS).
Dr. Flaherty’s research and teaching focus primarily on visual, urban, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphasis on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Cuba. His interests extend to postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of “global contemporary” art. On campus he is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies.
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 17th annual Arvey Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art.
His second book, tentatively titled Aperturas: Opening Social Truth in Greater Mexico between Still and Moving Images
, examines the increasingly overlapping roles of photography, film, and television as creative strategies for advancing critical modernity and social justice in Mexico and its borderlands in the long twentieth century.
Dr. Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
, Art in Translation
, and History of Photography
, as well as several anthologies, including Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952-1967
(IIE/UNAM 2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967
(MUAC 2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories
(Routledge 2012). He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.
From 2012-2018 he is 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 has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and served on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies