Esther Leah Gabara

Esther Leah Gabara

Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 2001

  • Helena Rubenstein Fellow in Critical Theory, Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art 1998 - 1999

  • M.A., Stanford University 1997

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1993

Overview

Esther Gabara works with art, literature, and visual culture from modern and contemporary Latin America. Central issues in her research are the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theories and practices of non-mainstream modernisms, and representations of race and gender. Her teaching in the departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University covers visual theory, Latin American modernism, photography, Pop Art, Mexican feminism, and contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. Currently she is working on a book manuscript, "Non-Literary Fiction: Invention and Interventions in Contemporary Art of the Americas," preparing an exhibition on Pop Art in the Americas, and researching the contemporary articulation of the colonial relationship between Latin America and Spain through the prism of art, economics, and immigration.

Expertise

Contemporary Latin American art, Mexican visual culture & politics, Latin American modernisms, contemporary urban cultural production in the Americas

Lasch, by Pedro, et al. Black Mirror/Espejo Negro. Nasher Museum of Art and the Franklin Humanities Institute, distributed by Duke University Press, 2010.

Gabara, Esther. Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil. Duke University Press, 2008.

Gabara, E. L. “Photography, Avant-Garde and Modernity.” A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American & Latino Art, edited by Alejandro Anreus et al., 2015.

Gabara, E. L. “Landscape: Errant Modernism and Aesthetics in Brazil.” Modern Art in Africa, Asia and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms, edited by Elaine O. Brien et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp. 353–61.

Gabara, E. L. “Orientalism Unmoored.” Orit Raff: Shangri-La, Tel Aviv, Israel: A’ Point Books/ Noga Callery of Contemporary Art, 2011, p. n.p.-n.p.

Gabara, E. L. “Perspectives on Scale: From the Atomic to the Universal.” Art and Globalization, edited by James Elkins et al., Penn State Press, 2010, pp. 200–04.

Gabara, E. L. “Modernist Ethics: Really Engaging Popular Culture in Mexico and Brazil.” The Ethics of Latin American Literary Criticism: Reading Otherwise, edited by Erin Graff Zivin, Palgrave MacMillan, 2007, pp. 63–104.

Gabara, E. L. “Recycled Photographs: Moving Still Images of Mexico City, 1950/2000.” Double Exposure: Photography and Literature in Latin America, edited by Marcy Schwartz and Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006, pp. 139–72.

Gabara, E. L. “’Nunca olhei tão olhado em minha vida e está sublime’: O (auto)retrato e a fotografia na obra de Mário de Andrade.” A Historiografia Literária e as Técnicas de Escrita. Do Manuscrito Ao Hipertexto, edited by Flora Süssekind and Tânia Dias, Vieira e Lent/ Edições Casa de Rui Barbosa, 2004, pp. 169–90.

Gabara, E. “Fictions of emancipation: Collaborations with and against the law.” English Language Notes, vol. 51, no. 1, Mar. 2013, pp. 173–81. Open Access Copy

Gabara, E. L. “El triángulo museológico de las Bermudas: El Prado, el Museo de América y el Museo Nacional de Antropología.” Revista Sur/Versión. Investigación Y Creación De América Latina Y El Caribe, vol. 2, 2013.

Gabara, E. “El triángulo museológico de las Bermudas: El Prado, el Museo de América y el Museo Nacional de Antropología.” El D Efecto Barroco: Políticas De La Imagen Hispana, edited by Jorge Luis Marzo Y Tere Badia, June 2012.

Oldfield, Pippa. “Review of Errant Modernism.” Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 31, 2012, pp. 409–10.

Noble, Andrea. “Review of Errant Modernism.” A Contracorriente, vol. 8, 2012, pp. 442–47.

Gallo, Rubén. “Review of Errant Modernism.” Modernism/Modernity, vol. 18, 2011, pp. 201–03.

Preciado, Carlos Daniel. “Review of Errant Modernism.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, vol. 15, 2011, pp. 216–17.

Delgado, Zarza, and Martha Patricia. “Review of Errant Modernism.” E.I.A.L., vol. 22, 2011, pp. 179–81.

Segre, Erica. “Review of Errant Modernism, etc..” History of Photography, vol. 35, 2011, pp. 85–88.

Edwards, Elizabeth. “Relocating Photographies, Histories and Modernisms.” Art History, vol. 34, Jan. 2011, pp. 211–13.

Pages

Gabara, E. L. ““El laberinto de la hermandad: Me-Xicano Photography and Protest.”.” La Raza, Autry National Center/ Chicano Studies Research Center, 31 Jan. 2017.

Gabara, E. L. ““Missing Body Art: Absent Identity in the Work of Tatiana Parcero.”.” Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Catrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero., 31 Jan. 2017.

Gabara, E. L. ““Crossing the Border: Whether Real or Imagined.”.” What It Means to Be American, Smithsonian Institute/ Zócalo Public Square, 26 May 2015.

Gabara, E. L. Orit Raff: Inside Drawing. Pamphlet, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Galerie Paula Boettcher, Berlin, Feb. 2000, p. n.p.-n.p.

La Raza, Autry National Center. Consultant. (2014)

Abstract

exhibition and catalogue, for Pacific Standard Time 2: Los Angeles/ Latin America (LA/LA), supported by the Getty Foundation.

Revolution and Ritual: the Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcelo. Writer. (2014)

Abstract

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, for Pacific Standard Time 2: Los Angeles/ Latin America (LA/LA), supported by the Getty Foundation.

Missing Reflection (Naturalizations Series). Creator. (2010)

Abstract

collaborative mixed media installation with Pedro Lasch

Spring 2020

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.04)
Allen 306, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 290S.02)
Languages 305, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2019

Sp Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 390.01)
Nasher 119, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Special Topics in Arthist (ARTHIST 790S.01)
Nasher 119, Th 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Special Topics in VMS (VMS 390.01)
Nasher 119, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2018

Special Topics (ARTHIST 490S.01)
Languages 211, M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
Special Topics in VMS (VMS 490S.01)
Languages 211, M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Spring 2018

Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 590S.01)
Languages 114A, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Sp Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 290.01)
Languages 109, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.01)
Languages 114A, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 290.01)
Languages 109, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2017

Photography in the Americas (VMS 433S.01)
Old Chem 201, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Photography in the Americas (ARTHIST 433S.01)
Old Chem 201, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.02)
Smith Wrhs B189, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 590S.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Spring 2015

Sp Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 290.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 790.01)
Smith Wrhs C107, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 290.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Spring 2014

Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 590S.01)
Carr 242, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM