Megan Sullivan studies modern and contemporary art from Latin America. Her research and teaching focus on abstraction, modernism in a global context, the relationship of aesthetic modernism and social and economic modernization outside of the North Atlantic, and artistic and intellectual exchanges between Latin America and other regions over course of the 20th century. Sullivan teaches courses on modern and contemporary Latin American art as well as courses that approach modernism as a global phenomenon.
Sullivan’s current book project, Modernism on the Margins: Latin America’s New Histories of Abstraction, analyzes questions of progress, history, agency, and modernization in the work of four key abstract artists working in South America between the mid-1930s and the early 1960s. She is also co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, forthcoming in 2019.
Her next research project will treat artistic engagements with the rural interior of the South American continent.