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Maria Fabiola Lopez-Duran
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e-mail:fld@rice.edu
 
  • B.Arch. Architecture (1987) Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela
  • Ph.D History, Theory and Criticism of Art, Architecture and Urban Form (2009) MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
  • Diploma Preservation du Patrimoine Architectural en Terre (1990) Ecole d'Architecture de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • Diploma Specializzazione in Restauro dei Monumenti e Centri Storici (1988) Centro Studi per il Restauro dei Monumenti e dei Centri Storici, Florence, Italy
 
Primary Department
   Department of Art History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Art History
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    Websites
     ICAA-International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the MFAH.
     
    Research Areas
     Research interests include the interactions between modern and contemporary art, architecture and science--particularly medical science. Early twentieth-century artistic, cultural and scientific encounters and exchanges among Latin America and Europe.
     

    Research Statement

     
     
    Teaching Areas
     Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and Architecture. Theories of Art, Architecture and Urban Form. Discourses and Narratives of Nature.
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola and Nikki Moore. "Meat-Milieu: Medicalization, Aestheticization and Productivity in the Pampas, 1868-1935." Urban History , Special Issue (2016) In Progress

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola and Nikki Moore. " Ut-opiates: Rethinking Nature." Architectural Design, 80 (2010)

     
     Books
     

    Fabiola Lopez-Duran "FV. au 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle."  (2006)

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola and Nikki Moore. "Atlântica Moderna: Purus e Negros."  (2015) In Press

     
     

    Fabiola Lopez-Duran and Julie Knutson ""Justification A Priori: Science and Aesthetics in the Work of Gustavo Diaz" ."  (2012)

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola. Felice Varini. Points de Vue. Translated by Jean-François Allain. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Muller Publishers, 2004. 

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola. Felice Varini. Points of View. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Muller Publishers, 2004. 

     
     

    Felice Varini: Points of View. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Muller Publishers, 2004. [Published also in French, Felice Varini: Points de Vue, by same publisher.]

     
     Book chapters
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola "“L’aporie de Varini.” In exhibition catalogue La Villette en Suites. Paris: Les Éditions Dilecta, 2015 (French Edition)." 

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola and Philip Kelleher "“Sobre o Fragmento.” In Cárceres a dua vozes, edited by Jorge Schwartz. São Paulo: Museu Laser Segal, 2015 (Portuguese Edition) ." In Press

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola and Nikki Moore. "From France to Brazil and Back: Le Corbusier, Nature and the Ideal Human Type, 1925-1946.." Modernities Across Time and Space (2015) In Press

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola. "Architectural Modernism and Its Discontents: Brazil and Beyond." A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American & Latino Art (Blackwell Companions to Art History Series). (2016) In Press

     
     

    Lopez-Duran, Fabiola. "Utopía en práctica: eugenesia y naturaleza en la construcción de ciudad moderna latinoamericana." Utopías urbanas: geopolíticas del deseo en América Latina (2013)

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola "Cultura Visual e Innovaciones Tecnológicas en América Látina." Cultura Visual e Innovaciones Tecnológicas en América Látina. (2015) In Revision

     
     

    López-Durán, Fabiola. "The Machine, the Fossil, and the Garden: Identity and Mimicry in the Architecture of Hérault-Arnod." Nature, Body, Skin: Architectures by Hérault-Arnod (2010)

     
     Other
     

    Lopez-Duran, Fabiola and Henry Vicente. “Geografias de lo moderno” in Papel Literario (Special Issue in Homage to William Niño-Araque). Caracas: El Nacional, 2011

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "MEAT-MILIEU: Medicalization, Aestheticization and Productivity in The Pampas, 1868-1940.." 12th International Conference on Urban History (EAUH)., Lisbon, Portugal. (September 2014)

     
     
    • From France to Brazil and Back: Le Corbusier, Eugenics and Architecture. Paper presented at the 8th Savannah Symposium on Modernism (Panel: Cultural Reciprocity and Modernity). Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. February 2013
     
     

    "Geographies of Modernity: Nature, Nation and Architecture in Modern Brazil. ." 2012 Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. (May 2012)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "MEAT-MILIEU: Nature, Modernity and Architecture in The Pampas. École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne. Saint-Étienne, France. ." (May 27, 2015)

     
     
    • Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race. Invited lecture presented at the Conference “Visible Race.” University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA. October 2010
     
     

    "Nature In-Vitro: Art, Architecture and Eugenics in Modern Brazil. Invited lecture presented at Modernism Elsewhere—The Richard Saivetz’69 Annual Memorial Architectural Symposium. Brandeis University, Waltham MA." (April 09, 2011)

     
     Invited Talks
     

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    • Nature, Art and Architecture. Master Program, École Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris. Paris, France. 
    ." (June 02, 2015)

     
     

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    • Atlântica Moderna. Museu Vale / Universidade Federal do Espíritu Santo. Vitória, Brazil. 
    ." (March 7, 2015. )

     
     

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    • Practicing Utopia: Architecture and Eugenics in Modern Brazil. École Speciale d’Architecture de Paris, France. 
    ." (May 28, 2015)

     
     

    "Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race in Modern Brazil." School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale. (February 2014)

     
     

    "Built Biology: From Eugenics to Posthumanism. ." Symposium City in Progress, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. (April 2014)

     
     

    "Dark Pool Knight Vision: A Conversation with Venezuelan Artist Miguel Amat.." Blaffer Museum, University of Houston, Houston, USA. (November 2014)

     
     

    "Practicing Utopia: Art, Architecture and Eugenics in Modern Brazil.." Symposium Utopia Return? Borderlines, Agency and Transformation in Global Art and Architecture. ETH-Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. (May 2013)

     
     

    "Rio de Janeiro: do desmanche do Morro Castelo a atualidade." O Lugar, a Função e o Uso da Arte Contemporânea, Universidade de São Paulo and Museu de Arte Rio de Janeiro (MAR)., Rio de Janeiro. (October 2013)

     
     

    "Biologia Construída: Entre a Eugenia e o Pós-Humanismo.." International Symposium Diálogos da modernidade: Entre ciência, política e estética. Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará (MAC), Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR). , Fortaleza, Brazil. (September 2013) With Nikki Moore

     
     
    • Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race. Invited lecture presented at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. March 2011
     
     
    • From Lam to Los Carpinteros: Race and Politics in Post-revolutionary Cuban Art. Invited lecture presented at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. March 2011
     
     
    • Dialogues of the Avant-Garde: Europe and Latin America in the Early Twentieth Century. Invited lecture presented at Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland. February 2011
     
     

    Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race. Invited lecture presented at the University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA. January 2011

     
     
    • Nature In-Vitro: Art, Architecture and Eugenics in Modern Brazil. Invited lecture presented at the Lecture Series on Modernism. University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley. February 2011
     
     
    • Nature In-Vitro: Art, Architecture and Eugenics in Modern Brazil. Invited lecture presented at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. January 2011 
     
     

    "Ut-opiates. Invited lecture presented at L’École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France. ." (September 15, 2011)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     
    • Eugenics in the Tropics: Architecture and Race in Modern Brazil. Invited lecture (Keynote Speaker) presented at the inauguration of the Interdisciplinary Symposium Eugenics: Race, Public Health and the Science of Nationalism. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, February 2014
     
     Other
     
    • Arte, Arquitectura, Eugenesia y la Ciudad Latina. Series of lectures presented at the Universidad Simón Bolivar (USB), Caracas, Venezuela. May-July 2010 (Collaborative work with USB Professor Henry Vicente).
     
     Panelist
     

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    • Collectivity, Materiality, Spectacle and Spatiality in the work of Los Carpinteros and Grupo Mondongo. Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH, With ICAA Director Maria Gaztambide.
    ." (November 20, 2015.)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, ICAA International Center for the Arts of the Americas. MFAH & Yale University Press. (2011 - 2013)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Maria Gaztambide, Ph.D. Retrograde Modernity: The Deliberate Anachronism of the Venezuelan Art Collective El Techo de La Ballena (1960-1969. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Rachel Hooper, Ph.D. A Singular Cloud: The Racial Politics of Art History in the United States (1865-1895. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Umit Firat Açikgöz , Ph.D. The Making of Republican Istanbul: Politics of Architecture, Urbanism and Preservation (1923-1950). (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Caroline Olivia Wolf, Ph.D. Isolated Monsters: Nationalist Architecture, Immigrant Patronage and the Crafting of Identity in Modern Argentina (1900-1940). (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Nikki Moore, Ph.D. Agri-tectures of The Green Revolution: Art, Architecture and the Agrilogistics of Transnational Aid from the United States to the Caribbean Region (1930-1973). (2018) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     The 2015 Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Outstanding Teaching/Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, (May 2015)

     Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Outstanding Teaching (Finalist), Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 2013-2014

     Humanities Research Center Faculty Fellowship. , Rice University.

     The MIT-France Fellowship, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2008)

     CCA Canadian Center for Architecture Research Fellowship, CCA Canadian Center for Architecture (2004)

     Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright Program (2002-2004)

     The Schlossman Research Award, , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007)

     The Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Award , The Dedalus Foundation (2008-2009)

     Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities. , 2009-2011 - University of California-Berkeley. (2009-2011 - )

     The Camargo Foundation Fellowship, The Camargo Foundation (2008)

     CLIR Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for Research in Original Sources, CLIR, Library of Congress (2007-2008)

     Hyzen Travel Grant, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2005)

     Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. , The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2008-2009)

     The Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship in the History of Art,, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (2008-2009)

     Harvard Center for European Studies Graduate Grant, Harvard University (2007)

     The MIT Royal Fund., MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2006)

     Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship,