Irene V. Small teaches modern and contemporary art and criticism with a transnational focus at Princeton University. Her research interests include historical and neo-avant-gardes; modernism in a global context, particularly Brazil and Latin America; abstraction; temporalities of art; problems of methodology and interpretation; relationality and the social implications of form. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Program in Latin American Studies and the Program in Media and Modernity.
Her book, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame, forthcoming from University of Chicago press 2015, examines discourses of developmentalism and organic processes of emergence as they intersect in the articulation of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil. She has contributed essays and criticism to such journals as Artforum, Third Text, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, and Art Asia Pacific.
As a curator, Small co-curated Blind Field, an exhibition of emerging and mid-career artists working in Brazil, which opened at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She also organized Verbivocovisual: Brazilian Concrete Poetry at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University in 2006 and co-curated Multitude at Artists Space, New York City, in 2002.