Melissa M. Ramos Borges is a PhD candidate in the Programa de Estudios artísticos, literarios y culturales of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid specializing in Puerto Rican contemporary art. In her dissertation “Oversight or Censorship: A Review of the Artistic Avant-Garde in Puerto Rico, 1960-1970”, she seeks to correct misconceptions regarding the experimental art produced in the island by rescuing and unveiling a large -but mostly unexamined- body of work created by a group of Puerto Rican artists. Although these artists addressed local issues and reacted to shared social contexts, local colleagues considered them transgressors and questioned their Puerto Ricanness (puertorriqueñidad) which, she argues, contributed to posteriori-censoring by art historians. She holds a BA in History of Latin American and Caribbean Art from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Melissa is an adjunct professor at the Art History Program at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions in various institutions in her native Puerto Rico.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the sixteen art history doctoral students selected for the sixth annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Joining from fifteen universities—six of which are sending a student to the program for the first time—this year’s cohort addresses a wide range ... Read More >