Elise Y. Chagas is a Ph.D. candidate studying modern and contemporary art. Her research interests include experimental artistic practices in the sixties and seventies, the political and historiographical circumstances of global art history, and the intersection of art and activism. She is a 2018-2019 Lassen Fellow in Latin American Studies, and a participant of the MoMA Museum Research Consortium in Spring 2019.
Elise received her B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University, with minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory, and her M.A. from the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College at the Clark Art Institute. Her qualifying paper concerned the Argentine artist Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos and the ludic, hyper-local conceptual practice he developed after 1965. While at Williams, she was Graduate Curatorial Fellow at MASS MoCA in nearby North Adams, where she curated Etel Adnan: A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun.