Caroline "Olivia" Wolf

Ph.D. Candidate
Latin American Art and Architecture, with Middle Eastern minor area
Dissertation Title: 
Migrant Constructions: Mahjar Monuments and Transnational Debates in Modern Argentina, 1910-1955
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Intrigued by transnational imaginaries, my research explores issues of immigration and identity in the visual culture and built environment of Latin America. My dissertation focuses on the art and architecture of Arab-speaking diaspora (mahjar) communities in modern Argentina as a response to nationalist discourses. I also examine the contemporary patronage and artistic production of immigrant communities and refugees throughout Latin America today. In other projects, I have analyzed the costumbrismo movement in 19th century Peru as well as nationalist architecture in twentieth-century Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. In 2013-2014 , I served as the Camfield Fellow in the Latin American curatorial department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). My research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the Brown Foundation Research Award, a SAHARA travel award from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship. Prior to studying at Rice, I received my MA in the History of Art at Indiana University in 2011 and BFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.

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