James Oles

James Oles is a senior lecturer in art at Wellesley College, where he also serves as adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum. He divides his time between Wellesley and Mexico City, where he works as an independent curator and art historian. He earned a BA from Yale University, a JD from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in art history from Yale in 1995. Oles is a specialist in Latin American art, focusing as both scholar and curator on modern Mexican art and architecture from the 1910 Revolution through the 1960s. His numerous publications include monographs on Mexican painters Agustín Lazo and Pedro Friedeberg, a study of US -Mexican cultural relations (South of the Border: Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914-1947), and essays on José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, Isamu Noguchi, the early work of Frida Kahlo, and art-deco architecture in Argentina, among other topics. His 420-page survey, Art and Architecture in Mexico, which covers Mexican art from the Conquest to contemporary practice, was recently published in the Thames & Hudson World of Art series. He has organized major exhibitions in the United States and Mexico, including reinstallations of the permanent collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo Carrillo Gil. He is also chief curator of The Exposed Museum, an ongoing project at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco (UNAM) in Mexico City.