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 issues of immigration and identity in the visual culture and built environment of Latin America. Her dissertation focuses on the art and architecture of Arab-speaking diaspora (mahjar) communities in modern Argentina as a response to transnational discourses. She also examines the contemporary production of refugee artists in Latin America today. In other projects, Wolf has analyzed the costumbrismo movement in 19th century Peru as well as nationalist architecture in twentieth-century Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. She recently served as Graduate 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.

She was awarded a 2017-2018 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship and served as the Camfield Fellow in the Latin American curatorial department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in 2013-2014. Her research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the Brown Foundation Research Award, a SAHARA award from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship. Prior to studying at Rice, she received her 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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