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 andecological 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 relationship between graphic design and the oil industry at midcentury and the rise and fall of informalist aesthetics as part of the leftist counterculture of 1960s Venezuela. His current book project examines the material, spatial and theoretical development of Venezuelan modernism(s) through the lens of petroleum extraction and refinement. His writings appear in such journals as Architectural Theory Review, Caiana: Revista de Historia del Arte y Cultura Visual del Centro Argentino de Investigadores de Arte and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas.

Academic areas of interest

modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas; abstraction and politics; oil cultures and extractive economies; art, environment and ecology; materiality and materialisms; border crossings and diasporas; global art history and its discontents; decolonization

Spring 2021

NCSS-711G-01 Petrocultures: Utopia and Apocalypse
THAD-H177-01 Borderlands: Latinx Art and Visual Cultures
THAD-H217-01 Neo-vanguards