Abigail Lapin Dardashti


As a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Abigail Lapin Dardashti specializes in Postwar Latin American Art. Her research focuses on formations of ethno-religious and racial identity in twentieth century art of the Americas, with a concentration on the Dominican Republic and Brazil. Lapin’s dissertation studies postwar black Brazilian art and its relationship to politics, modernity, and the public sphere. Her work has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the CUNY Graduate Center and the New York Council of the Humanities, and was recently published in Border-Lines, Journal of the Latino Research Center, University of Nevada. In 2015, she was a Mellon curatorial fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem. This year, she was guest curator at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia and curated Unpacking Hispañola: Scherezade Garcia and Firelei Baez. Lapin received a B.A. in Spanish at NYU and an M.A. in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at City College, CUNY.