Dr Isobel Whitelegg

I am an art historian, lecturer and curator. I specialised in Latin American Art at the University of Essex and have published widely on the international reception of art from Latin America. Exhibition History is important to my research but I am interested in approaching it not as a series of isolated events but rather by relation to the wider histories of contemporary art museums and non-collecting institutions.

Programme Co-Director, MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies

icjw1 (at) le (dot) ac (dot) uk

+44 (0)116 2523962


Career History

I joined the School in September 2015 and I teach and supervise research within the area of Art Museum & Gallery Studies. At both MA and PhD level this field is defined expansively, in relation to diverse art institutional forms, and international contexts.

I previously occupied two positions that operated between academic and arts-institutional contexts: as LJMU Research Curator within the Tate Research Centre: Curatorial Practice & Museology (2014-15) and as Head of Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme (2011-14), a leading platform for the public debate of ideas and practices relevant to contemporary art and its institutions. Prior to this I was Course Director, MA Curating, Chelsea College of Art & Design (2009-11) and a member of the TrAIN Research Centre, University of the Arts London (2008-11).

Responsibilities & Teaching

I am Co-Director of the School's MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies (AMAGS) Programme. I also teach within three of this programmes modules: Locating the Art Institution, Becoming Expert, and Entering the Field - a practice-based module which encompasses a curatorial project as well as our unique fully-funded International Field School.

Topics available for PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising research relating to Latin American art and its reception as well as non-geographically specific topics within the field of exhibition and institutional history - especially those concerning biennials, non-collecting institutions, museums of contemporary art and the role of archives in both the historiography of art and in curatorial practice.

External PhD Examination:

Dr Jaime Vindel, 'Art & Politics: A Critical Genealogy of Conceptual Strategies in Argentinean Art', Universidade de Leon, Spain, 2010

Dr Isabella Maidment, Provisional realities: live art 1951-2015 UCL/Tate Research (CDP), 2016

Nicola Simpson, ‘The Poem Objects of Dom Sylvester Houédard, 1960-1975', Norwich University of the Arts, (2017)

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