Art History Alumni Series: Dorota Biczel

Thursday, October 28, 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.


The Executive Director and Curator of the Houston Center for Photography, Biczel will discuss her academic and curatorial trajectory as well as her new position. Among many other exhibitions, she was a researcher for Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 (2017) and assistant curator on the Mercosur Biennial 12 (2020). She will also address the merits of the Art History Ph.D. in today's academic climate, and looks forward to a lively Q & A.

Sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, the Alumni Series focuses on professional practice and navigating careers in the arts after graduation.

Biczel holds a dual M.A. in Art History and Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship has focused on the impact of migrations and social justice movements on experimental art in Latin America, especially in the Andean region. Between 2002 and 2010, she initiated and managed a successful artist’s cooperative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More recently, she has lectured and mentored graduate students at SAIC and the University of Houston. She was instrumental in the organization and curation of the 2020 Mercosur Biennial, developing a series of exhibitions and conferences that emphasized the work of women and Afro-Latin American artists; when COVID intervened, she and her colleagues quickly pivoted to an online format.

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