History of Art and Architecture

Paulina Pardo



Paulina Pardo joined the Ph.D. program in fall 2014 to specialize in modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Her research interrogates how interdisciplinary visual strategies developed during the 1960s-1980s have redefined the art object. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Female Identity and New Media Art Strategies in the Artistic Practice of Letícia Parente (Brazil, 1930-1991),” focuses on contemporary art of Brazil. From the lens of a single artist’s career, it examines how the production of non-medium specific works (video, installation, Xerox- and mail-art) has been informed by technological, political, and scientific currents.

In 2016, Paulina recreated Parente’s installation Medida (Measurement, 1976) as co-curator of the exhibition Data (after)Lives: The Persistence of Encoded Identity. Her previous work focused on American filmmaker Paul Sharits’s experimental flicker films, and on the distribution of modern art in Colombia through the periodical publication Mito (Bogotá,1955-1962).

Education Details

Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, in progress. Advancement to candidacy April 2017.

M.A., Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, 2013. Thesis: “Sometimes the Sense of Time is Lost or Disturbed when Watching Paul Sharits’ Flicker Films.”

B.A., Literature, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, 2010. Honor Thesis: “Correspondencias entre lectores: Mito: revista bimestral de cultura” (“Readers Correspondence: Mito: revista bimestral de cultura”).

Selected Publications

“Arte moderno en pasta blanda: las carátulas ilustrada de Mito (Bogotá, 1955-1962).” Revistas de Arte Latinoamericano, ed. Andrea Giunta, Laura Malosetti Costa and Cristina Rossi. Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Fundación Espigas; Los Angeles: The Getty Foundation, forthcoming.

“¿Cómo se ve el arte conceptual en el Mambo?” in Miradas al arte conceptual. Bogotá: Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, 2018.

With Héctor Camilo Ruiz, Rosa De Ferrari, Kirk Savage, and Patricia Documet. OjO Latino. A Photovoice Project Seeking the Recognition of Latino Presence in Pittsburgh, P.A.” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 7 (2018): 53-71.

Exhibition Review, “Letícia Parente in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Los Angeles/Latin America.” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 7 (2018): 128-133.

“Correspondencias entre lectores: Mito: revista bimestral de cultura,” in Monografías meritorias del Departamento de Literatura. Bogotá: Universidad de los Andes, 2014.

Selected Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Graduate Student Researcher, 2019-20

Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Fellowship, 2019

Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018-19

Dietrich Summer Research Fund Award, 2017 and 2018

Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, 2014-15 and 2017-18

Outstanding Presentation Prize, Grad Expo, 2017

Friends of Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, 2016

Graduate Student Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, 2015 and 2016

Dean’s Summer Research Grant, 2015 and 2016

Curatorial Work

Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Fellow. Metal from Clay: Pittsburgh’s Aluminum Stories. (University Art Gallery, October 24-December 16, 2019.)

Curator. OjO Latino: Photography for Community Inclusion. (University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, March 22-April 1; Carnegie Library Beechview, April 10-24, 2017.)

Curatorial Assistant. Paradoxes of Play: Concrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond. (University Art Gallery, November 4-December 9, 2016.)

Curator. Recreations of Letícia Parente’s installation Medida (Measurement, 1976) as part of the co-curated exhibition Data (after)Lives: The Persistence of Encoded Identity. (University Art Gallery, September 8-October 14, 2016.)

Selected Conferences

"Recording Identity in Two Works by Letícia Parente," Operating Identity, History of Art and Architecture Graduate Symposium, University of Pittsburgh, 2016.

"Impressions of Identity in Letícia Parente’s Marca Registrada," Doing the Body in the 21st Century Conference, University of Pittsburgh, 2016.

"Confluence in the Americas" (panel co-chair), SECAC Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 21-24, 2015.