Marisa Lerer

Department Chairperson of Art History/Digital Media Art

Associate Professor, Art History and Digital Media Art


  • PHD, CUNY Graduate Center
  • MPHIL, CUNY Graduate Center
  • MA, U. of California Los Angeles
  • BA, New York University

Courses Taught


ART 402: 20th & 21st Century Monuments: Memory and Controversy

ART 402: Latin American & Latinx Art

ART 370: Current Trends: New York City's Contemporary Art World

ART 402: Art, Gender, and Sexuality

ART 402: Constructing Memory: Argentina from Dictatorship to Democracy

ART 329: History of Modern Art

ART 150: Roots of the Modern World: Art




  • Research

    Professor Lerer (Ph.D. 2012, The Graduate Center, City University of New York) joined the faculty at Manhattan in 2014, after teaching at The University of Denver, Parsons The New School for Design, and Lehman College.  She specializes in modern and contemporary art in Latin America and Latinx art and her research interests include:

    • Art in the Public Sphere
    • Monuments, Memorials, and the Material Culture of Memory

    Her current book project focuses on Latinx public memorials.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Selected Articles and Book Chapters

    "Public Commemorations of Argentina's Histories of Violence, in Violence and Public Memory, ed. Martin Blatt (London: Routledge, 2023): 247-266.

    “Out in the Streets: An Interview with fierce pussy,” Public Art Dialogue 10 no. 1 (2020): 29-40.

    “Luis Jiménez’s Mustang: Monumental Misreadings,” Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 no. 4 (October 2019): 12-32.

    “Banners, Bridges, Stencils, and Christmas Trees: Creating and Concealing Aesthetic Protest Actions in Argentina,” Public Art Dialogue 8 no. 2 (Winter 2018): 198-223.

    “Christopher Columbus and Juana Azurduy: Revising and Revisiting Historical Monuments in Argentina’s Public Sphere,” International Journal of Public History 1 no. 2 (2018)

    Co-author and Co-editor with Conor McGarrigle, “Art in the Age of Financial Crisis,” a special issue of Visual Resources 34 no. 1-2 (2018).

    “Symbolic Reparations and Aesthetic Modes of Resistance: Patronage and Visitor Response in Chilean Memorial Construction.” In A Companion to Public Art edited by Harriet F. Senie and Cher Krause-Knight, 50-74. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

    “Competing for Memory: Argentina’s Parque de la memoria.” Public Art Dialogue, 3 no. 1 (2013): 58-77.

    “Justice & Punishment: Performance and Protest in Argentine Human Rights.” In Artists Reclaim the Commons: New Works/ New Territories/ New Public, editors Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer, 213-218. Hamilton, N.J.: International Sculpture Center Press, 2013.

    Selected Curatorial Projects

    Curator, Monumental, RedLine Residency Artist Exhibition, Denver, CO, 2016    This exhibition explored the manipulation of individual and national memory in the creation, alteration, and destruction of historic monuments and highlighted the contentious space between memory and history and the competing narratives that arise around supposedly permanent monumental forms. 




  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    Co-editor Public Art Dialogue
    Professional Memberships
    • Association for Latin American Art
    • College Art Association
    • International Association of Art Critics
    • Public Art Dialogue
    • U.S. Latinx Art Forum
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
    • George Gurney Senior Fellow* at the Smithsonian American Art Museum *with federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center

    • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

    • The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Fellow, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    • New York University/Université de Rennes Unite Mixte Internationale 3199 Research Center Fellow
    • Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize, Center for the Study of Women and Society, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    • Smithsonian Latino Center Museum Studies Program Fellow
    • Fulbright IIE Grant in Art & Architectural History, Argentina