Abigail Winograd

Biography

Abigail Winograd is the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly research has focused on the emergence of aberrant abstractions in post-war South America as well as museological approaches to expanding canonical narratives.

Prior to her appointment at the Smart Museum, Abigail consulted with the MacArthur Foundation on development of an exhibition of art by MacArthur Fellows to coincide with the Fellows Program’s 40th anniversary in 2021. She organized The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America for the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (traveled to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and SESC Piñheros, São Paulo, 2017–2018) as well as Abstract Experiments: Latin American art on paper after 1950 (2017) for the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016–2017, she was the Transhistorical Curatorial Fellow at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, where she organized A Global Table: Still Life, Colonialism, and Contemporary Art (2017). Abigail was the Research Associate for Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) where she also organized Unbound: Contemporary Art after Frida Kahlo (2014) and Zachary Cahill: Snow (2014) as the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. She completed curatorial fellowships at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Winograd earned a Masters and PhD in art history at the University of Texas at Austin. She has additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Northwestern University. She is the recipient of several fellowships, has contributed to museum catalogues, published academic articles, presented papers in the US, Europe, and South America, and contributed to publications such as BombMousse MagazineFrieze, and Artforum.

Publications

“Museums in Latin America,” Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art (Forthcoming).

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“What is Sight if not an Awakening: The Work of Art in the Age of Disinformation,” Portable Gray 1:3 (Forthcoming, 2019).

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“Kinetic Art in Latin America,” Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art (Forthcoming).

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“Critical Conversation,” Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2018).

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“Setting a Global Table,” The Transhistorical Museum: An Anthology. Amsterdam: Valiz. (2018).

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“Parsing Parsons: In Search of the Invisible Presence,” Betty Parsons: Invisible Presence. Alexander Gray Associates: New York (2017).

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The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic Art & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America. Museum of Modern Art Warsaw with the University of Chicago Press. (2017). Co-editor with Dieter Roelstraete and Marta Dziewanska.

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“The Other Trans-atlantyk” The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic Art & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America. Museum of Modern Art Warsaw with the University of Chicago Press. (Co-authored with Dieter Roelstraete, 2017).

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“People in Motion,” The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic Art & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America. Museum of Modern Art Warsaw with the University of Chicago Press (2017).

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“Chronology” The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic Art & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America. Museum of Modern Art Warsaw with the University of Chicago Press (2017).

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Exhibitions

The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic Art & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America (co-curated with Dieter Roelstraete and Marta Dziewanska), Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, SESC Pinheros, São Paulo, November 2017-July 2018

A Global Table: Still Life, Colonialism, and Contemporary Art, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950, Art Institute of Chicago, February 18, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (research associate and catalog co-author), Chicago: MCA, 2016 [exhibition traveled to New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art & Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art]

The Works: Artists in and from Chicago (with Dieter Roelstraete), Contemporary Art Brussels, April 21 - June 7, 2015

Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, June 28, 2014 – November 20, 2014

Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo (co-curated with Julie Rodrigues Widholm), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, May 3, 2014 – October 5, 2014

Zachary Cahill: SnowMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, April 29, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space (research associate), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, February 23, 2012 – August 12, 2012

Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires (member of curatorial committee), Austin: Blanton Museum of Art, September 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Lisa Zaher
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow