History of Art and Architecture

Jennifer Josten

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization

Modern and Contemporary Art


Constellation(s): Agency, Contemporaneity, Identity, Mobility/Exchange

Jennifer Josten's research charts the flow of artists, forms, and ideas among and between Latin America, Europe, and the United States since 1940. Her interests include the art and architecture of modern Mexico and Latin America, transatlantic and inter-American artist-based networks and groups of the Cold War era, and the presence of the pre-Columbian past and the indigenous present in modern and contemporary art. Her book Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico, published by Yale University Press in 2018, examines the dramatic cultural and political transformations of the 1940s–1970s within and beyond Mexico through the lens of the polyvalent artistic and critical practice of the Mexico-based German artist Mathias Goeritz (1915–1990). (Preview here on Google books.) Her current book project examines regional exchange networks for graphic and environmental design that extended from post-revolutionary Cuba and Mexico to participants in the U.S.-based Chicano and Black Power movements during the long 1960s. Josten frequently collaborates on exhibition projects, and has recently contributed essays to the catalogues for Pop América: 1965–1975 (Nasher Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum, 2018), Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments (Pirelli HangarBicocca, 2017), and Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 (LACMA, 2017). In this video on LACMA's Facebook page, she discusses a few of the works that were included in the Found in Translation exhibition. 

Education Details

M.A. and Ph.D. Yale University

M.A. University of Essex

B.A. Wellesley College

Selected Publications

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Selected Awards

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant for Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico, 2016 

Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) Dissertation Award, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Getty Research Institute, 2012–13

Frances Blanshard Fellowship Fund Prize for an outstanding dissertation submitted to the History of Art Department, Yale University, 2012

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (institutional affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), 2008–09

Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, 2003–04