Elise Chagas



Elise Y. Chagas studies modern and contemporary art with research interests in the relationship between art, politics, and regimes of value. Her dissertation concerns Andean indigenism in the first half of the twentieth century, aiming to develop a theory of settler colonial aesthetics. In 2021–2022 she is a Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chagas received an M.A. from Princeton in 2021. She also holds an M.A. from the Graduate Program at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute in the history of art (2018). Her qualifying paper concerned the ludic and local conceptualism of Argentine artist Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos. While at Williams, Chagas was also Graduate Curatorial Fellow at MASS MoCA, in nearby North Adams, MA, where she curated the first solo exhibition of the Lebanese artist Etel Adnan in a U.S. museum.

At Princeton, Chagas' research has been supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and the Program in Latin American Studies, where she was a Lassen Fellow in 2018–2019.

Selected Publications

“Site and Sound: Three Postcommodity Installations, 2019–2020,” in Postcommodity: Time Holds All the Answers, eds. Gerald McMaster and Michael Rattray. Exhibition catalogue. Saskatoon, Canada: Remai Modern, 2022.

“Questionnaire on Decolonization,” October, no. 174 (Fall 2020)