Department of Art History and the College
Megan Sullivan specializes in modern and contemporary art from Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and Argentina. Her research and teaching interests include the global history of modernism (especially abstraction), the relationship of modernism and modernization in Latin America, and artistic engagements with landscape, nature, and territory. “Locating Abstraction,” her current book project, examines the origins and transformations of geometric abstraction in South America between 1945 and 1959.
Sullivan is currently co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, forthcoming in 2015. She also co-authored “To Make an Inner Time: A Conversation with Gabriel Orozco” (October 130.)
Sullivan received an MA and PhD in the history of art from Harvard University and a BA in comparative literature from Brown University. Her research has been supported by an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, as well as the Jorge Paulo Lemann Scholarship for Brazilian Studies. Previously, Sullivan taught in the Art Department at Tulane University, where she was also associated with the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.
Sullivan joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.