Esther Gabara
Professor of Romance Studies

Esther Gabara works with art, literature, and visual culture from modern and contemporary Latin America. Her teaching in the departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University covers visual theory, Latin American modernism, photography, Pop Art, Mexican feminism, and contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. She was the faculty guest curator of the exhibition, Pop América, 1965-1975  (McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2018-2020), which was awarded the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize for curatorial innovation. She also edited and wrote for the bilingual exhibition catalogue, Pop América, 1965-1975 (Nasher Museum of Art/Duke University Press, 2018). Gabara is the author of two monographs: Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil  (Duke University Press, 2008), and Non-Literary Fiction: Art of the Americas Under Neoliberalism  (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2022). Other recent publications include essays for Un arte sin tutela: Salón Independiente en México, 1968-1971  (MUAC/UNAM), La Raza  (Autry Museum of the American West), and Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero  (Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery/Getty Foundation).

Office Hours

Thursdays 3-5 pm and by appointment. 212 Languages 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 212 Language Center, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257
  • Box 90257, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257

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