History of Art and Architecture

Maria Castro

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Biography

Maria’s research explores processes of cultural transatlantic exchange and the mobility of artworks, artists, and ideas between Europe and the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Maria is currently developing her dissertation project focused on Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral. Provisionally titled “Between Paris and São Paulo: Tarsila do Amaral’s Approach to Brasilidade,” the dissertation analyzes Amaral’s engagement with Cubism, Surrealism, and avant-garde Realism during the interwar period. In particular, it investigates how Amaral engaged the forms and discourses of international avant-gardes while simultaneously addressing concerns over urbanization, industrialization, and shifting racial and gender identities from the perspective of local subjects. Maria is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Education Details

PhD Candidate (ABD), History of Art and Architecture, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Jennifer Josten

Dissertation in progress: “Between Paris and São Paulo: Tarsila do Amaral’s Brasilidade”

MA, History of Art and Architecture, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Jennifer Josten

MA Thesis: “Revisiting the Local: Paulista Modernism in the Old Republic”

2013 BA, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Majors in History of Art and Architecture (Honors) and History, minor in Italian.
Advisor: Barbara McCloskey

Honors Thesis: “‘A Semana de Arte Moderna’ and the Creation of a Brazilian National Identity for Art in 1922”

Selected Awards

Leonard A. Lauder Pre-doctoral Fellow in Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016-18

Dietrich Summer Research Fund Grant, 2016

Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Friends of Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, 2014

John F. Haskins Award for Academic Excellence in Art History, 2013

Milton Fine Museum Profession Fellowship, 2012