Alice Heeren

Art History

Visiting Instructor of Art History


Alice Heeren is a junior professor at the Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil and a Ph.D. candidate in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program at SMU. She is currently a visiting lecturer in art history at SMU for the 2021-22 academic year. Her research focuses on Latin American modern and contemporary art and architecture, especially exploring the intersection of contemporary art, ecology, politics and the built environment. Her dissertation examines a generation of artists that has been forced to grapple with the continued political traction of the ideal of Brazil as the country of the future. Engaging affect and decolonial theory, the study, titled Utopia and Melancholia in the Country of the Future: Brasília in Contemporary Art, examines the work of artists such as Clarissa Tossin, Laercio Redondo, Clara Ianni, Matheus Rocha Pitta and others and the ways they manipulate affective economies that have given the ideal of Brazilian futurity its resilience, to expose the inextricability of this narrative from resource extraction capitalism, neocolonialist projects and the exploitation of Indigenous communities and the African diaspora in Brazil. She has published articles and reviews in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Arte Al Día, Artelogie, Artefacto Visual and Art Research Journal, and received fellowships including the Alessandra Comini International Fellowship for Art History Studies and the Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship.

Course list

Contemporary Art: 1965-present ARHS 3369 
Modern Architecture ARHS 3356


Alice Heeren