History of Art and Architecture

Rebecca Giordano


Rebecca Giordano specializes on race, gender, and transnational exchange in the Americas in the 20th Century. She has written on feminist economics, politics of belonging, and sexual violence in contemporary performance and visual art by women. As a co-founder of the anti-racist feminist curatorial collective INGZ she curated work by photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and programmed the experimental performance series Sampling. Independently, she curated the first museum show of the first African American woman cartoonist, Jackie Ormes. Giordano is deeply committed to public facing art history and has worked for five years as a museum educator at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. She consults on arts integration and curriculum design for public school classrooms.

Though in its early stages, her dissertation project considers the participation of US black artists in international Socialist networks throughout the Americas with emphasis on the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean between 1910-1960. This project remaps debates about figuration, abstraction, and the body politic beyond national borders while centering black aesthetics and political thought.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, in progress

MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 2015.
Thesis: Readymaintenance: Systems, Feminist Economics, and the Immaterial Readymade in the Work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2008.
Major fields: Art History, English, Philosophy.
Thesis: The Neg(oti)ation of History: Notes Toward an Anarchist Avant-garde.

Selected Publications

“Cecelia Condit’s “Possibly in Michigan” and the power of humor,” SCAM 11. Fall 2016.

“A Dress is a Wish Your Heart Makes" in Laurel Shear: California Dreaming, 2016.

“5 for 5,”Spot. Spring 2016.

“Q+A with INGZ a feminist anti-racist art action group” on UT Art News Blog. May 25, 2015.

“The Octagon House” in Streetopia. Erick Lyle, ed. Booklyn 2011.

“An Ed Ruscha Food Pyramid.” the Believer. October 2011.

“Accessories in Velazquez’s Portraits of Hapsburg Princes.” the Believer. October 2011.

“Des Esseintes’s Complaints about Certain Gems.” the Believer. September 2011.

Selected Presentations

Black Matters, UT Austin, Austin, TX, September 2016. Co-convener and respondent. Panel: “Art, Activism, Action.”

Art History Association Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, March 2014. Paper: “Radical Solitude: Bonnie Sherk’s Sitting Still and Public Lunch.”

Center for Mexican American Studies Annual Conference, UT Austin, Austin, TX. February 2014. Paper: “Total Revolution: Art, Anarchy and Black Mask."

Streetopia, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2012. Lecture: “Programmatic Architecture and the Utopian Imagination.”

Mayoral Inauguration, Bloomington, IN, 2004. Keynote Address.

Selected Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, University of Texas, 2015

Jack G. Taylor Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts, University of Texas, 2013-2014, 2014 - 2015

Mellon Foundation Honorarium, 2015

Kress Foundation Scholarship, 2014

Special Departmental Recognition for Thesis, University of Chicago, 2008

Nicholson Undergraduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2007

Selected Exhibitions

Focus: Michael Ray Charles, the Idea Lab, Austin, TX, 2017 (assistant curator)

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, The Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, TX, 2017 (assistant curator)

March ON!, The Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, TX, 2017

Sampling, The John L. Warfield Center, Austin, TX, 2016 (co-curator)

In Heartbeats: the Comic Art of Jackie Ormes. The IDEA LAB, Austin, TX, 2015

LaToya Ruby Frazier: Riveted. Isese Gallery and Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX. 2014-2015 (co-curator)

McSweeney’s McMullens: Artwork from Children’s Books Plus 1,032 Illustrated Lunch Bags. ElectricWorks, San Francisco, CA. 2011 (co-curator)

Animal Spirit/Spirit Animal. Sweet Hickory, Bloomington, IN, 2008

Attachment Theory. Sweet Hickory, Bloomington, IN, 2008

Reel Genius. Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL, 2007