Professor of Art History and Endowed Distinguished Research Chair in Art History
Roberto Tejada is the author of many books that include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (Minnesota, 2009), Celia Alvarez Muñoz (UCLA/CSRC; Minnesota, 2009); and, as co-editor, Modern Art in Africa, Asia and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He has been awarded fellowships and grants from The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williams College Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fulbright Foundation, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Creative Capital Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tejada’s research and teaching methods interrogate modern and contemporary image environments from an interdisciplinary viewpoint: a critical art history whose visual knowledge can locate objects and actors in the global-culture context. He has served as co-curator on Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Optical Parables at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2001), and Luis Gispert: Loud Image at the Hood Museum of Dartmouth College (2004); and his writings appear frequently in exhibition catalogs, among them Images of the Spirit: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide (Aperture, 1996) and Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 (UCLA Hammer Museum, 2011). He has published critical writings on contemporary U.S. and Latino American artists in Afterimage, Aperture, Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, SF Camerawork, and Third Text.
Tejada lived in Mexico City (1987-97) where he worked as an editor of Vuelta magazine, published by the late Nobel laureate Octavio Paz; was executive editor of Artes de México, and founding editor of the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He is, as well, the author of several volumes of poetry, including Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010) and Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012). He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and has taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Dartmouth College, University of California San Diego and the University of Texas Austin.