Catha Paquette

Dr. Catha Paquette is a specialist in Latin American art and architecture from the late colonial period to the present, as well as pre-Columbian art and architecture in Mesoamerica and the Andean region. She explores questions at issue concerning knowledge practices—theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges inherent in historical narration, critical interpretation, and museum display. Dr. Paquette, who received a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities in 2007–2008 and a Millard Meiss/College Art Association Publication Grant in 2015, has published essays in the United States, Mexico, and Europe on Latin American artwork and artists, as well as collectors, public agencies, and private institutions that have promoted Latin American art in the United States, including the Rockefellers, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the 1940s U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs. In At the Crossroads: Diego Rivera and His Patrons at MoMA, Rockefeller Center, and the Palace of Fine Arts (UT Press, 2017) she explores controversies surrounding Rivera’s 1930 MoMA retrospective, the creation and the destruction of his 1933 Rockefeller Center mural, and the Mexican government’s commissioning of his 1934 Palace of Fine Arts mural. With Dr. Karen Kleinfelder and Christopher Miles, she co-edited In and Out of View: Art and the Dynamics of Circulation, Suppression, and Censorship, a collection of essays, interviews, and statements by artists and scholars that invite consideration of the shifting contexts, values, and constituent needs through which controversial art moves into and out of view.