Cristina Freire

Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor Program in Latin American Studies (Spring 2019)

CRISTINA FREIRE is Professor and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP). She was co-curator of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006) and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP) from 2010-2014. She was Chair of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History University of São Paulo (2015-2016), and is currently a researcher at the National Research Council (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa. Cnpq, Brazil). Her books include Beyond maps: Monuments in the urban contemporary imaginary (São Paulo, Annablume, 1997); Poetics of Process: Conceptual art in the Museum (São Paulo: Ed. Iluminuras, 1999); Conceptual Art (Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor, 2006) and Paulo Bruscky: Art, Archive and Utopia (Recife: CEPE, 2007). She has also edited Walter Zanini: Critical Writings (São Paulo, Annablume, 2013), which received the Jabuti Prize for the Best book in Art and Architecture published in 2013 in Brazil.  She currently directs two research tracks at the graduate Interdisciplinary Program on Aesthetics and Art History at the University of São Paulo, Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art and Latin America: Laboratory of Research. She is also the director of the GEACC, a Research Group on Conceptual Art and Conceptualisms in the Museum, of the National Research Council (CNPq), which organizes seminars and fosters collaboration between students and faculty. Freire teaches courses that focus on artistic practices and institutional and collective memories in Brazil and Latin America, with a focus on the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Learn more about the course she will be teaching with Professor Irene Small, ART 467 / LAS 413: Museum as Laboratory: Experimental Art Practices in Latin America and Beyond