Mark A. Castro

Art History

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Mark A. Castro is a specialist in Latin American art, with a focus on viceregal and modern Mexican art. He is the Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Prior to taking this position, he held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where he curated several exhibitions, including the internationally acclaimed Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (2016). At the DMA, he was the curator of Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art (2019), Frida Kahlo: Five Works (2021), and Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico (2021). He is currently working on two exhibitions, Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form, set to open in February 2022, and a retrospective of the Mexican painter Abraham Ángel.


Ph.D., M.A., History of Art and Architecture, Bryn Mawr College
B.A., Archaeology and Studio Art, Hamilton College

Recent Work


Octavio Medellin: Spirit and Form. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, forthcoming.

“Looking Beyond Scholarship to Community Well-Being,” in “American Art History in the Time of Crises” Colloquium, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 7, no. 1 (Spring 2021),

“‘Echoes of Impressionism’: Joaquín Clausell and the Politics of Mexican Art,” Mapping Impressionist Painting in Transnational Contexts. Emily Burns and Alice Price, ed. New York: Routledge, 2021.

“Only a Rivera: The Mural Painter and the United States,” Vida Americana; Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945. Barbara Haskell, ed. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2020.

“Joto-Cowboy: José Villalobos and the Subversion of Masculinity,” José Villalobos: Joto Fronterizo / Border Faggot. Reading, PA: Freedman Gallery, Albright College, 2019.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2016. Contributor and coeditor with Matthew Affron, Dafne Cruz Porchini, and Renato González Mello.


Iconography; object and material analysis based study; identity and visual culture

Course list

Viceregal and twentieth-century Latin American art
Mark A. Castro