Marisa Lerer

Assistant Professor

Visual & Performing Arts


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

Courses Taught

ART 150: Roots of the Modern World: Art

ART 218: Introduction to World Art

ART 329: History of Modern Art

ART 402: Contemporary Art of the Americas

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


  • 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 her research interests include:

    • Art in the Public Sphere
    • Memorials and the Material Culture of Memory
    • Performance and Social Practice Art

    Her current book project focuses on patronage and artistic strategies dedicated to memorializing Argentina’s victims of state-sponsored terrorism during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Selected Articles

    “Competing for Memory.” Public Art Dialogue, 3, no. 1 (2013): 58-77.

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

    Selected Conferences, Symposia, and Invited Lectures

    "Mapping the Clandestine in Argentina's Post-Dictatorship Era," College Art Association, 2014

    Co-chair Public Art Dialogue Round Table on International Placemaking, College Art Association, 2014

    “Pop Art and Beyond,” The Denver Art Museum, 2014

    "Luis Jimenez's Mustang," Latino Art Now Conference, Smithsonian, 2013

    "Paper Silhouettes and Paint Bombs," Public Art Dialogue Round Table, College Art Association, 2013

    "Don't Expect Them to Erect a Monument to Your Feats: Vandalism and Destruction of Argentine Memorials," Southeastern College Art Conference, 2012

    "Proof Positive: The Photographs of Argentina's Disappeared as Objects of Subversion," College Art Association, 2012

    "Drawing the Dictatorship," Cultural Studies Association, 2011

    "Competing for Memory: Parque de la memoria, Argentina," Association of Latin American Art First Triennial Conference, 2007


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Jewish Buenos Aires
    • 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