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Gina McDaniel Tarver

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Associate Professor

PhD, University of Texas at Austin



Gina McDaniel Tarver is Associate Professor of Art History specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art and visual culture. She teaches courses in modern, Latin American, Spanish Colonial, and Pre-Columbian art; art and politics; and art history methodologies. Her research interests include the relationship between art and its institutions, issues of gender and representation, and decolonial theory. Her book, The New Iconoclasts: From Art of a New Reality to Conceptual Art in Colombia, 1961–1975 (Bogotá: Ediciones Universidad de los Andes, 2016), traces the symbiotic yet paradoxical relationship between a small and successful group of iconoclasts in Colombia and the art institutions that supported them. It focuses on artists who sought to break with artistic conventions in order to address a local audience in ways that resonated within their immediate social context, at a time when institutions sought to internationalize the art scene as part of a push for national development. Tarver proposes her book as a specific case study of the intricacies of cultural change in a period of globalization. Tarver’s peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the international journals Third Text (London), Artelogie (Paris), and The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (United States), and she has presented papers at various conferences and symposia in the United States, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In 2015, she curated En Medellín todo está muy Caro, a retrospective of the Colombian conceptual artist Antonio Caro, for the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín. She is the author of numerous essays and entries for exhibition catalogs and was co-editor of The New York Graphic Workshop, 1964–1970 (Blanton Museum of Art, 2009). With Michele Greet, Tarver co-edited the anthology Art Museums of Latin America: Structuring Representation (Routledge, forthcoming in 2018). For more information on Tarver's projects, click here.