Niko Vicario teaches the history of contemporary art from a transnational perspective. In his research, he analyzes the ways in which twentieth- and twenty-first century art has been entangled with political and economic processes, especially those relating to the spread of capitalism. Crucial to this research is an investigation of how this entanglement may be seen to manifest in the formal and material components of specific works of art.
His extensive research travel for his dissertation, listed below, was made possible by two Mellon Foundation grants from the Social Science Research Council--the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF). He was the recipient of the Schlossman Research Award from MIT in 2012. Theories concerning materiality, geopolitics, modernization, imperialism, the temporality of art, the commodity form, and relationships between the construction of the local and the global are persistent research interests. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty as part of the "Art and Materiality" scholar year (2015-2016).
2015 Doctoral Dissertation: Import/Export: Raw Materials, Hemispheric Expertise, and the Making of Latin American Art, 1933-1945