Esther Leah Gabara
Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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
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.
ExpertiseContemporary Latin American art, Mexican visual culture & politics, Latin American modernisms, contemporary urban cultural production in the Americas
Gabara, E. L. “La ciudad loca: An Epistemological Plan.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, vol. 9, 2000, pp. 119–35.
Gabara, Esther, and Joy Conlon. “Moving the Avant-Garde.” Stanford Humanities Review, vol. 7, June 1999, pp. vii–xii.
Santiago, Silviano. “Two Strangers in Mexico.” Stanford Humanities Review, vol. 7, June 1999, pp. vii–xii.
Conlon, Joy. “Two Strangers in Mexico, by Silviano Santiago.” Stanford Humanities Review, vol. 7, 1999, pp. 79–87.
Gabara, E. L. ““Crossing the Border: Whether Real or Imagined.”.” What It Means to Be American, Smithsonian Institute/ Zócalo Public Square.
Situaciones, Colectivo, et al. ““Disquiet in the impasse: Coming from the Latin American Situation,”.” Http://Micropolitics.Wordpress.Com/.