Caroline "Olivia" Wolf

Ph.D. Candidate
Latin American Art and Architecture, with Middle Eastern minor
Dissertation Title: 
Migrating Constructions: Mahjar Monuments and Transnational Debates in Modern Argentina, 1910-1955
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Caroline "Olivia" Wolf's research explores migration, ethnicity, and identity in the visual culture and built environment of Latin America, and its global intersections. Her dissertation focuses on the art and architectural patronage of Arab-speaking diaspora (mahjar) communities in modern Argentina as a response to transatlantic discourses. She also examines contemporary art in the context of current migration in Latin America today. In other projects, she has analyzed the costumbrismo movement in 19th century Peru as well as nationalist architecture in twentieth-century Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. In 2013-2014 , Wolf served as the Camfield Fellow in the Latin American curatorial department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Her research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, Brown Foundation Research Award, SAHARA award from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship, and the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship. Prior to studying at Rice, Wolf received her MA in the History of Art at Indiana University and BFA from the University of Notre Dame. She recently served as a Co-Instructor for the HART in the World Rio de Janeiro course with Fabiola López-Durán, and taught a study abroad class on Latin American Visual Cultures for NYU's Buenos Aires Global program. For select publications, please see: