Benjamin Murphy

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Benjamin Murphy

Modern and Contemporary


Benjamin Murphy is a first-year graduate student focusing on modern and contemporary art of Latin America. His research centers on conceptual and performance-based practices and how these intersected with emerging media and technology during the latter half of the 20th century in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. Broadly, Benjamin is concerned with the methodological problems involved in the study of material that has been marginalized in relation to the Western canon. He is particularly interested in how consideration of this material facilitates, and requires, critical revision of narratives of modernism, postmodernism, and other Euro-centric historiographic frameworks.

Benjamin received his B.A. in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, and he holds an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. He has worked at various arts institutions, including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute, and, most recently, the Museo Universitario Arte Conteporáneo in Mexico City (MUAC), where he curated an exhibition on the Mexican video artist Pola Weiss, which opened in September 2014.