History of Art and Architecture

Adriana Miramontes Olivas



Adriana Miramontes Olivas is an Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellow and President of the History of Art and Architecture Graduate Student Organization at Pitt. Her research interests include Global Contemporary Art, Latin American Contemporary Art, and Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art. She focuses on border art and art of the border of Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, feminicide, and narcoviolence in site-specific interventions, installation, and video art.

Prior to joining Pitt, Miramontes was Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty in both Mexico and the United States at The University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM Campus Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Courses taught include Survey of Art and Architecture: Prehistory to 1350, Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe from 1350-1750, Survey of Modern Art, Contemporary Art, and Topics in Contemporary Art. At Pitt she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Introduction to World Art and in Art and Politics in Modern Latin America.

Her curatorial experience includes working as an Intern and Research Assistant at the Art Gallery at the University of Texas at San Antonio, at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, and at the El Paso Museum of Art. As a Graduate Assistant at Pitt she co-curated exhibits at the University Art Gallery and presented a proposal for education and language learning. She also organized and conducted bilingual tours (English and Spanish) attended by more than a hundred students from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse research interests.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, PA (2016-Present)

MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX (2012)

BA, The University of Texas at El Paso, TX (2008)

Selected Publications

From Axayácatl to El Chapo: Rethinking Migration and Mexico’s War on Drugs in Gabriel Garcilazo’s Dystopic Magical Codex, interview by Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 20 March 2019.  Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 8: Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding Temporality in the Past (2019): 98-118.

Éxodo a la “tierra prometida:” Del demonio y otros monstruos en la obra de Juan de Dios Mora/Exodus to the “Promised Land:” Of the devil and other monsters in Juan de Dios Mora’s artworks, interview by Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 3 January 2017, ed. Paulina Pardo, Translated by Paulina Pardo and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture

“Pormenores de la Última Ejecución: Modernization, Broadsheets, and Crime in Porfirio Díaz’s México,” in Posada’s Broadsheets: of Love and Betrayal, edited by Teresa Eckmann. The University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Art and Art History, Exhibition at UTSA Art Gallery January 25-February 26, 2012.

Selected Scholarly Conference Presentations

"Rebuilding a Nation: Art and Ideology in the Post-Revolutionary Era," Guest Lecture for ARTSC 1501 Seminar: Latin America: Valladolid, Mexico, Center for Latin American Sutdies CLAS Karen Goldman/Leonardo Solano Moraga, 6 February 2018, University of Pittsburgh.

"Contesting State Violence in Contemporary Art," Skype Conference/Guest Lecture for AHC 2333/5813 Contemporary Mexican Art, Dr. Teresa Eckmann, 31 March 2017, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

"The University Art Gallery as an Art History Classroom," Alexandra Carpella, Paulina Pardo, Emily Mazzola, and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 17th Annual University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, 24 March 2017, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Selected Awards

Dietrich Summer Research Fund, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh (2018).

“Outstanding Presenter” 17th Annual University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts, Grad Expo, “The University as an Art History Classroom” by Emily Mazzola,
AlexandraCarapella, Paulina Pardo, and Adriana Miramontes, March 24 2017 University of Pittsburgh (2017).

Pre-Dissertation Tinker Summer Fellowship, CLAS Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2017).

Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (2016-2017).