History of Art and Architecture

Adriana Miramontes Olivas



Adriana Miramontes Olivas is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture. Her research interests include global contemporary art, Latin American art, Latinx art, and more specifically, modern and contemporary art from Mexico. She focuses on art of the border of Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, feminicide, and narcoviolence in site-specific interventions, installation, performance, and video art. Her dissertation “Los Neoliberarchivos: Contemporary Art at the Mexico-U.S. Border” examines how contemporary artistic practices disrupt political, economic, and cultural hegemonic narratives that negate or dismiss a state of criminality in which both female and male bodies are (mis)used, disposed of, and rendered ungrievable by a variety of institutions, the state, and a criminal class.

Miramontes has taught art history in both Mexico and the United States at The University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM Campus Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México and more recently at the University of Pittsburgh.

The courses she has 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, Topics in Contemporary Art, and Introduction to World Art.

Miramontes has also worked as curatorial 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, at the El Paso Museum of Art, and at the University Art Gallery at Pitt.

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)

Peer Reviewed Publications

how the light gets in at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. September 7–December 8, 2019. Exhibition Review. Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 9, Moving Across, Through Cultures (Spring 2021): 82–94.

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.

“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. Edited by Paulina Pardo. Translated by Paulina Pardo and Adriana Miramontes Olivas. Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 6: Boundless: Art & Identification Across Borders (Fall 2017): 1–16.

Selected Conferences and Presentations

“Del femi-juvenicidio al neoliberarchivo: Art, Archives, and the Pursuit of Human Rights.” In Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America: Mexico, Center for Latin American Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, March 8, 2021.

“Teresa Margolles’s Neoliberarchivo: Contemporary Art from the Mexico–U.S. Border.” In Preserving the Ephemeral: Performance and the Archive in Latin America, Virtual Conference SECAC 4 December 2020.

“Los Neoliberarchivos: The Body in Contemporary Art from the Mexico–U.S. Border.” Dissertation workshop “Living Histories of Art from Latin America: A Workshop with Gerardo Mosquera.” Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland March 5–6, 2020.

Selected Awards

Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture Department
Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

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).