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Paloma Checa-Gismero

Assistant Professor of Art History

On leave Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Contact

  1. Email:pchecag1@swarthmore.edu
  2. Phone: (610) 690-5671
  3. Beardsley 203

Professor Checa-Gismero is a scholar of global contemporary art and critical biennial studies. Her teaching revisits the history of Euro-American modernism from a transnational lens that foregrounds art's imbrication in the social fabric. Her scholarship addresses past and present relations of coloniality active in the formation of global contemporary art, with a particular focus on how these processes impact art from Latin America. Her book about the early years of the art biennial boom is forthcoming with Duke University Press.

Professor Checa-Gismero received a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego (2019), and an MFA in Arts, Production, and Research from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2009). Before becoming an art historian she was a practicing artist. Her work was featured, among other venues, in Manifesta 8 (2010) and Archivo de Creadores de Madrid (2012). She has written art criticism for a variety of outlets in Spain, Mexico, and the US since 2009.

During academic year 2021-2022 Professor Checa-Gismero is a member of Cohort III of the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities. Since February 2022 she is a member of the Executive Board of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians (SCAH), where she serves as Programs Coordinator. In 2021 she joined the advisory board of Rosine Association 2.0, an interdisciplinary collective of artists, harm reductionists, archivists, and community members involved in Philadelphia’s street economies directed  by curator Carol Stakenas. Between 2014 and 2020 she served in the Editorial Collective of FIELD, a journal of socially engaged art criticism directed by Grant Kester that advances discussions about art and social justice. Between 2013 and 2016 she served in the Editorial Board of COCOM, an open press that translated to Spanish key essays in art theory and criticism. COCOM was based in la Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán (Mérida, México). In 2009, together with a collective of four other artists, she founded RAMPA, an independent research and production space in Madrid. She served as the space’s co-curator until 2011.

Selected publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES
"Craft as Anti-Colonial Universalism in the Bienal de La Habana", Third Text, 36, 3 (2022)

“A radical cultural expertise”, MARCH: a Journal of Art and Strategy, 1, 1 (2021)

“Realism in the work of Maria Thereza Alves”, Afterall (Fall 2017)

“Global contemporary art tourism: engaging with Cuban authenticity through the Bienal de La Habana”, Tourism and Development Journal, 15, 3. (2017)

“Repetition and distance in ASCO fotonovelas”, in Revisiones, 2 (2013)

CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES
"Estética situada. Crónica de una visita al Laboratrio Artístico de San Agustín", in  Aurélie Sampeur, Paz Ponce (eds.) La energía del contexto. Reflexiones múltiples  desde el Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (Ministerio de Cultura de la República de Cuba: La Habana, 2019).

“Crítica de arte basado en la colaboración en comunidad. Notas metodológicas”, in Blasco, Selina, Lila Insúa, eds. Programa sin créditos. (Madrid: Comunidad de  Madrid, 2017).

“El I Encuentro Nacional de Arte de Vanguardia: una experiencia de arte como  investigación” in Raquel Caerols (ed) La praxis del artista en el proceso creativo.  Creación artística versus  investigación en las artes. (Universidad Nebrija: Madrid, 2013)

EXHIBITION CATALOGS  
Querer Parecer Noche (Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo: Madrid, 2018) - (Co-author)

Los Sujetos / The Subjects. Spanish Pavilion, 56 Venice Biennale (2015) - (Co-author)

Guest writer at ARCO Art Fair, Madrid

AUTHORED TRANSLATIONS (SELECTION)
Yo veo / tú significas (Bilbao: Consonni, 2016). Author: Lucy R. Lippard; original  title I See / You Mean (Los Angeles: Chrysalis, 1975). Author of Introduction, translator, project director.  

Además opino que el materialismo ha de ser destruído (Mérida, Mex.: COCOM PRESS, 2013) Author: Graham Harman; original title “I too believe that materialism should be destroyed”, in Environment and Planning D: Society  and Space, v.28, p.772-790 (2010)

EXHIBITION AND BOOK REVIEWS (SELECTION)
"Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?", caa.reviews (September 21, 2021)

"The Art of Direct Action", FIELD, 16 (Summer 2020)

"El momento oportuno. David Horvitz y sus trabajos de tiempo", A-Desk.org (January 28, 2019)

“Luis Camnitzer’s critique of power is as relevant as ever”, Hyperallergic (November 12, 2018)

“Mujeres radicales latinoamericanas en Los Ángeles”, Campo de relámpagos (Nov. 30, 2017)

“Yo veo / tú significas. La escritura femenina de Lucy R. Lippard,” CONCRETA (January, 2017)

“A note on the contemporary canon: Public Fiction’s show at MOCA LA”, Los  Angeles Review of Books (June 17, 2016)

“Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance”, caa.reviews (January 7, 2016)

“On The Return of a Lake”, FIELD, 1 (Summer, 2016)

Art criticism writing at A-Desk.org  (2009-2019)

Courses

ARTH094: Transnational Modernisms.
ARTH 060: Building New Worlds: The Arts and Architectures of Liberation.
ARTH 001J: (FYS) The Arts of Everyday Life.
ARTH 048: 20th Century Latin American Art.
ARTH 152: Arts & Crafts as Avant-Garde Labor.
ARTH 160: Global Contemporary Art.
ARTH 005: Becoming Modern. Survey on Modern Art in Europe and the US.
ARTH 046: Socially Engaged Art in the Americas.