Mariana Wardwellwardwell

Associate Professor

(858) 822-1615

VAF 363

Mariana R. Wardwell (aka Botey) Modern / Contemporary Latino American Art History Mariana Razo Wardwell earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in critical theory from the Visual Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the academic director for the interdisciplinary graduate seminar Zonas de Disturbio, a collaboration project of the Art History Graduate Program and the Campus Expandido Program at the University Museum for Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico City. She is also a research fellow at the CENIDIAP-INBA (National Center for Research, Information and Documentation of the Visual Arts at the National Institute for the Fine Arts) where she is the academic director for the design and development committee of the Ph.D. Program DETA: Doctorado en Estudios y Teoría del Arte. From 2007 to 2009 Wardwell was a dissertation research fellow at the University of California MEXUS Program. She obtained an MFA from the Studio Art Program at the same institution and a B.A.H. from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. Her work has been part of exhibitions such as: " Eco: arte contemporáneo mexicano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2005); "Independent Los Angeles," Disney Hall (Los Angeles, USA, 2003); "Axis México: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions," San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, USA, 2002); "The Axiomatic Arcade," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2001); "Video Latinoamericano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2001); "Mexeperimental Cinema Program," Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain 2000 – New York, USA, 1999), and "At the Curve of the World," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2000). Wardwell is a founding member of the editorial and curatorial committee of The Red Specter: a phantasmal, agitation, and conspiratorial organization working at the intersection of art, politics and theory. The Red Specter is based in Mexico City and is at the center of a wide web of international collaborations with artist, critics, designers and curators.