Grace Kuipers


Grace Kuipers studies 20th century art of the Americas. Her dissertation, entitled Mineral Modernism: The Mexican Subsoil and the Remapping of American Form in the 1930s theorizes an aesthetics of extraction in the transnational dialogue between U.S. and Mexican art in the 1930s. She has worked on diverse projects surrounding institutional histories of modernism, the labor of nude modeling, and the lives of commissioned portraiture, with geographical focuses that span Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Grace interned in Washington, D.C. at the National Gallery of Art’s Department of Photographs before spending 2015-2016 in Berlin, Germany on a fellowship supported by the Fulbright program. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2014.