History of Art and Architecture

Diana Flatto


Diana Flatto’s research examines art and politics of the Americas in the twentieth century. Her dissertation examines the role of women in shaping antifascist visual culture between Argentina, Uruguay, and Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, including the organization of exhibitions and the circulation of images in culture magazines. This work builds upon her M.A. thesis completed at Hunter College, which studied gender and politics in the visual language of Argentine artist Raquel Forner’s paintings.

Diana joined the History of Art & Architecture department in 2020 following three years as Assistant Curator at Americas Society. There, she co-curated and assisted on exhibitions of modern and contemporary art of the Americas including Joaquín Orellana: The Spine of Music and Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl. She also hosted a series of interviews with contemporary artists such as Gala Porras-Kim and Rafael Soldi as part of Americas Society’s In the Studio program. Prior to this, she worked for several years as a prints & drawings specialist at Swann Auction Galleries, developing an interest and expertise in printed media that she brings to her current research.

Education Details

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture, in progress

Advisor: Jennifer Josten

Committee Members: Barbara McCloskey, Alex J. Taylor, and Daniel Balderston

M.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York, Art History & Advanced Certificate, Curatorial Studies, 2018

Advisor: Lynda Klich

Second Reader: Maria Antonella Pelizzari

B.A., Brandeis University, Art History, 2012

Selected Publications

“Images of Gender in the AIAPE’s Magazines: Rioplatense Antifascism through Female Figures” in H-ART. Revista de historia, teoría y crítica de arte, 2023, 121-148.

“The Mallet as a Brush,” Joaquín Orellana: The Spine of Music, ed. Aimé Iglesias Lukin and Karen Marta (New York: Americas Society, 2021).

“Christian Vinck,” Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, ed. Harper Montgomery (New York: Hunter College Art Galleries, 2018).

“Longing for Community;” “Susan Meiselas, Prince Street Girls;” and “Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams,” Framing Community: Magnum Photos 1947-Present, ed. Maria Antonella Pelizzari (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2017).

Selected Awards

Research Fellowship, Argentinian Fulbright Commission, 2023

Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2022

Dietrich Summer Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2021

Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2020-2021

Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky Scholars Fellowship, Hunter College, 2017-2018