B.A., Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2004
M.A., Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2009
Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2016
Monica Bravo specializes in the history of photography and the modern art of the Americas. Her current book project examines exchanges between U.S. modernist photographers and modern Mexican artists working in painting, poetry, music, and photography, resulting in the development of a Greater American Modernism in the interwar period. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Center for Creative Photography, the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library and Art Collections, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Monica's article, "Natural Photographs: Optograms and the Fiction of Captured Vision," will appear in the next issue of the peer-reviewed journal, History of Photography.
Monica wrote a theme box on "The Camera" for History of Illustration, the first textbook on the subject, published by Bloomsbury.
Monica recently presented a paper "What's Popular About Modernism? Mexican Arte Popular and U.S. Folk Art in the 1920s" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which can be seen via webcast.