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Aleca Le Blanc

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar

PhD Student
University of Southern California

Photo: Aleca  Le Blanc

Aleca Le Blanc received a Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar award in Summer 2009 to support research on Mixing Modernisms at the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (1948-1963). At the time, she was a PhD student in the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California.

Le Blanc is a scholar of modernism, specializing in Latin American art and architecture with a focus on Brazil.  Her scholarship addresses paradigms of abstraction, institutional histories, and global modernisms.  She is currently at work on a book about that period entitled, Concrete and Steel: Artists in Industrial Brazil, in which she considers how a young avant-garde generation in Brazil’s cosmopolitan centers reimagined their relationship to the rapidly modernizing society in which they found themselves. 

Title of Research : Mixing Modernisms at the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (1948-1963)

While at UNM, she researched rare exhibition catalogues in UNM's Fine Arts Design Library, and the extensive Brazilian collections in UNM's special and circulating collections. Together, these resources augmented her dissertation research on the Museu de Arte Moderna.