Miriam Basilio

Associate Professor, Art History and Museum Studies


Ph.D. 2002 (Art History), Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; M.A. 1995 (Art History), Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; M.A. 1991 (Liberal Studies), NYU; Advanced Certificate 1991 (Museum Studies), NYU; B.A. 1989 (Political Science), Boston College

Areas of Research/Interest

Art, propaganda, cultural property and national identity in Spain; modern Spanish and Latin American art; the history of collecting and exhibitions of Latin American art in the United States; memory studies; histories of global biennials; art and political activism.


Humanities Initiative Grant-In-Aid - 2013
NYU Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship - 2010
Centro de Estudios Hispanoamericanos, Fundación Carolina Travel Grant - 2003
Institute of Fine Arts, Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship 1994 - 1998; 1999 - 2001
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities - Honorable Mention List, 1999 - 2000
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship - for dissertation research in Spain 1998-1999
Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and US Universities Grant 1998
NYU King Juan Carlos I Center-Coca Cola Summer Grant - for Research in Spain 1998
Rockefeller Foundation/College Art Association Travel Grant 1995
Institute of Fine Arts, Levy Travel Fellowship 1994



Museum Collection Displays and Canon-Formation: The Museum of Modern Art and the Category “Latin American art” [working title] (Under contract with Routledge Press for publication in Research in Museum Studies series)

Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions, and the Spanish Civil War (Surrey, UK and Burlington, NY: Ashgate, 2013)


“Evolving Taxonomies at The Museum of Modern Art in the 1930s and ‘40s and the Definitions of the “Latin American Collection,”” in The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Latin American Art in the United States (Forthcoming University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press)

“”First Win the War!” Kati Horna, Gendered Images, and Political Discord During the Spanish Civil War,” in Told and Untold: The Photo Stories of Kati Horna in the Illustrated Press (New York: Americas Society, forthcoming, 2017)

The "Exhibition of Government Posters" (1937) en The Museum of Modern Art: Carteles republicanos cómo modelos de diseño vanguardista y de efectividad pedagógica, in Miguel Cabañas Bravo and Wifredo Rincón, eds. El arte y sus redes de proyección, circulación y estudio en los siglos XX y XXI. (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, forthcoming 2014)

"Equipo Crónica: Art History, Narrative Figuration, and Critical Realism," in Robert Lubar and Dolores Jiménez Blanco, Eds. Transatlantic Dialogues (forthcoming 2014)

"Esto lo vio Picasso: Goya, los grabados satíricos, el realismo, y la propaganda republicana en guerra, Manuel Borja-Villel and Rosario Peiro eds. Años Treinta: Teatro de la Crueldad, lugar de encuentro (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2013)

"'Serial Effects': Picasso's Response to Propaganda and Atrocities" in Picasso: Vinyetes al front (Barcelona: Museu Picasso, 2011) pp. 102-111, 190-194.

"Museums for the People: David Seymour's Photographs of the Duque of Alba's Palace in Madrid, 1936," in Cynthia Young, Ed. The Mexican Suitcase (New York: International Center of Photography, 2010), pp. 69-70. (Spanish Ed. Madrid: La Fábrica Editorial and Fundación Pablo Iglesias, 2011)

"Esto lo vió Goya, esto lo vemos nosotros: Goya en la Guerra Civil Española." In Actas, Jordana Mendelson, Ed. (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2008), pp. 99-116.

"Catalans! Catalunya: Posters and Propaganda in Catalonia During the Spanish Civil War." In William H. Robinson, Jordi Falgàs, and Carmen Belen Lord eds. Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, Dalí (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006), pp. 436-449. Reviewed: Robert Davidson "Barcelona Triomfant," Modernism/Modernity 15:2 (April 2008).

"The Alcazar of Toledo: Ritual, Tourism and Propaganda in Franco's Spain, 1936-1940." In Architecture and Tourism: Spectacle, Performance, and Space. D. Medina Lasansky, Brian McLaren, eds. (Oxford: Berg, 2004; Spanish Ed. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 2006), pp. 93-107.

"Reflecting on a History of Collecting and Exhibiting Work by Artists from Latin America," and short entries. In Basilio, Fatima Bercht, Deborah Cullen, Gary Garrels and Luis Enrique Perez-Oramas, Eds. Latin American and Caribbean Art: MoMA at El Museo (New York: El Museo del Barrio and The Museum of Modern Art, 2004), pp. 52-68, 98-102, 122-125, 155-158, 159-162. 

Entries in The Figurative Impulse: Works from the UBS Art Collection (San Juan: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Zurich: UBS AG, 2005), pp. 49-51, 77-82.

Short entries and Selected Bibliography. In Jordan Kantor, Ed. Drawing from the Modern 1975-2005 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2005), pp. 22, 24, 44, 204-218.

Short entries, in Gary Garrels, Ed. Drawing from the Modern 1945-1975 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2005), pp. 32, 34, 46.

"Field Notes from a 'Native Informant,'" in None of the Above, Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists (Hartford: Real Art Ways in collaboration with the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2005).

"Satiric Line" (short entry) in Hoptman, Jodi. Drawing from the Modern 1880-1945 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004).

Catalogue entries in Voces y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection (New York: El Museo del Barrio, 2003).

"Genealogies for a New State: Painting and Propaganda in Franco's Spain, 1936-1940," in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 24:3 (Nov. 2003).

With Paulo Herkenhoff and Roxana Marcoci, “A Tempo Lexicon," Tempo, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2002.

"Re-inventing Spain: Images of the Nation in Painting and Propaganda." Ph.D. Dissertation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2002.

Topics in Museum Studies: Challenges for Art Museum Curators Today (MSMS-GA 3330)
Topics in Museum Studies: Exhibiting Latin American Art in the United States, 1931-present (MSMS-GA 3330)
Topics in Museum Studies: Blockbusters and Building Booms (MSMS-GA 3330)
Research Seminar (MSMS-GA 3991)