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Raquel Flecha Vega

PIF Fellow


Raquel Flecha Vega is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at UIC.  Her primary areas of study include Modern and Contemporary US art, focusing on the art of the Latin American diaspora.  Her research examines the landmark 1993 Whitney Biennial of American Art, highlighting how artists responded to the rise of neoliberal cultural politics by interrogating the relationship between art, identity, and market society.  Fundamentally, the project considers what this crucial historical moment can reveal about late-Capitalism, the Culture Wars, and the ongoing struggle for representation.  More broadly, her research interests include modernist and postmodernist aesthetic theories, art and identity (nationalism, class, race, and gender), and critical museology.

Raquel is a recipient of the UIC Star Fellowship.  Before beginning her studies at UIC, she earned her Master’s in Colonial Latin American Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor's in Art History from Smith College.