Lesley A. Wolff, Ph.D.
Dr. Lesley A. Wolff specializes in Latinx and Latin American art and critical theory. Dr. Wolff's previous career as a professional baker and cook inform her current art historical research, which examines representations of race, consumption, and foodways in the modern and contemporary arts of the Americas, with a focus on the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr. Wolff received a PhD in the History and Criticism of Art, with a focus on the Visual Cultures of the Americas, from Florida State University.
Dr. Wolff's current book project, “Hungry Eyes: Picturing Foodways and Indigeneity in Postrevolutionary Mexico City,” traces the shifting relationships between art and food during Mexico's post-revolutionary era (1920-1960), a period of rampant modernization in which the rise of modern cookery through electrical appliances and industrial foodstuffs converged and clashed with the nation's growing nostalgia for its pre-Columbian heritage. This project has been supported by various external grants and awards from institutions such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Wolff's interdisciplinary research has appeared in venues such as Food, Culture & Society; African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal; and Ralph Norton and His Museum.
Dr. Wolff is also an active curator, having worked with contemporary artists, museums and galleries across the U.S. She has previously held postings at museums such as the Norton Museum of Art (FL), the National Museum of Mexican Art (IL), Mexic-Arte Museum (TX), and the Museum of Jewish Heritage (NY), among others. Her curated and co-curated exhibitions include, The Kingdom of This World, Reimagined (2019); Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié (2018); Mémoires Encastrées (2018); and As Cosmopolitans and Strangers: Mexican Art of the Jewish Diaspora (2014).
Areas of Interest: Modern/contemporary arts of the Americas; decolonial theory; visual
and material culture studies; art and ecology; museum studies and curatorial practice.