History of Art and Architecture

Maria Castro

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Biography

Maria is Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and PhD candidate in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and curatorial practice explore processes of cultural transatlantic exchange and the mobility of artworks, artists, and ideas between Europe and the Americas in the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her dissertation, titled “Between São Paulo and Paris: Tarsila do Amaral and the Intersecting Identities of Antropofagia,” critically analyzes Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral’s construction of personal and national identity in her paintings of the 1910s-30s. Maria’s dissertation research has been supported by fellowships from the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Mellon Foundation. She is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Education Details

PhD Candidate (ABD), History of Art and Architecture, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Dissertation in progress: “Between São Paulo and Paris: Tarsila do Amaral and the Intersecting Identities of Antropofagia”
Advisor: Jennifer Josten; Committee: Barbara McCloskey, Kirk Savage, George Reid Andrews, Edward Sullivan (Institute of Fine Arts)
Certificate in Latin American Studies

MA, History of Art and Architecture, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Jennifer Josten
MA Thesis: “Revisiting the Local: Paulista Modernism in the Old Republic”

2013 BA, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Majors in History of Art and Architecture (Honors) and History, minor in Italian.
Advisor: Barbara McCloskey
Honors Thesis: “‘A Semana de Arte Moderna’ and the Creation of a Brazilian National Identity for Art in 1922”

Selected Publications

“Both Paulista and Parisian: Racial Thinking in A negra”. Tarsila Popular. Ed. Adriano Pedrosa. São Paulo: Museu de Arte de São Paulo, (2019). Exhibition catalogue essay.

Index of Historic Collectors and Dealers of Cubism. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/libraries-and-research-centers/leonard-lauder-research-center/programs-and-resources/index-of-cubist-art-collectors. Entries on “Andrade, Mário de”; “Bareiss, Walter”; “Bright, David E.”; “Echeverría, Pedro Vallenilla”; “Guedes Penteado, Olivia”; “Hale, Salo”; “Prado, Paulo”; “Schempp, Theodore”; “Schoenborn, Florene May and Samuel A. Marx”; “Tamayo, Rufino and Olga.”

“Tarsila do Amaral, Abaporú.” Smarthistory essay. https://smarthistory.org/tarsila-abaporu/.

Index of Historic Collectors and Dealers of Cubism. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/libraries-and-research-centers/leonard-lauder-research-center/programs-and-resources/index-of-cubist-art-collectors. Entries on “Amaral, Tarsila do”; “Gelman, Jacques and Natasha”; “Guggenheim, Peggy”; “Howald, Ferdinand”; “Janis, Sidney”; “Leiris, Julien Michel and Louise”; “Marie Harriman Gallery”; “Penteado, Yolanda and Matarazzo, Ciccillo (Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho).”

Selected Awards

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-19

Leonard A. Lauder Fellow in Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016-18

Dietrich Summer Research Fund Grant, 2016

Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Friends of Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, 2014

John F. Haskins Award for Academic Excellence in Art History, 2013

Milton Fine Museum Profession Fellowship, 2012