Sean Nesselrode Moncada

Sean Nesselrode Moncada teaches and writes about Latin American and Latinx art and visual culture. His research focuses on visual and material modernisms, their uneven implementation across the hemisphere and their contested social and​ ecological dimensions. In his courses, he invites students to consider how images proliferate and behave in the world, encouraging an expanded view of what constitutes artistic production and who merits inclusion in our received histories.

He has published on subjects including the politics of geometric abstraction in South America, the rise and fall of the leftist counterculture of 1960s Venezuela and the visual legacies of settler colonialism in contemporary art. His book manuscript, Refined Material: Petroculture and Modernity in Venezuela, examines the material, spatial and theoretical development of Venezuelan modernisms through the lens of petroleum extraction and refinement. His writings appear in journals including Architectural Theory ReviewCaiana: Revista de Historia del Arte y Cultura Visual del Centro Argentino de Investigadores de Arte and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas. 

He holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Academic areas of interest

Modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas; Global art history and its discontents; Environment, ecology  and extractive economies; Border crossings and diasporas; Materiality and materialisms; Decolonization

Fall 2021

NCSS-703G-01 NCSS Research Issues Seminar
THAD-H101-01 THAD I: Global Modernisms
THAD-H101-02 THAD I: Global Modernisms
THAD-H101-06 THAD I: Global Modernisms

Spring 2022

THAD-H176-01 Modern and Contemporary Art Of Latin America
THAD-H502-01 Abstracting The Americas
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