Megan Sullivan studies 20th century Latin American art, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and Argentina since the 1940s. Her research and teaching focus on modernism in a global context, the relationship of aesthetic modernism and social and economic modernization in peripheral countries, and exchanges between Latin America, Europe, and the United States over the course of the 20th century. Sullivan teaches courses on early 20th century avant-gardes, abstraction, and conceptual art in the region.
Sullivan’s current book project, Universalism on the Margins, examines the origins and transformations of geometric abstraction in South America from the mid-1930s through the early 1960s. She is also currently co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, forthcoming in 2018.
Her next research project will treat artistic engagements with the rural interior of the South American continent.