Ana Cristina Perry

  • Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History


  • BA, Smith College, 2012

  • PhD, CUNY Graduate Center, 2023


Ana Cristina Perry researches and teaches art history from the 19th century through the present. She teaches thematic courses that trace collective, collaborative, and performative art practices across the world as well as broader surveys looking specifically at the Americas including Latinx artists in the United States and art in Latin America. Her seminars examine how artists and scholars think through and with Puerto Rico since 1898 as well as how artists primarily since the 1990s have used materials and topics of disgust and abjection in their practice. 

Her research examines performance, participation, and installation practices by Latinx artists since the 1960s. Her current project, Raphael Montañez Ortiz and Alternative Spaces, 1962-1972: From Repulsion to Exaltation, examines how the Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz's often erratic and disturbing performances are tied to his curatorial approaches as the first director of El Museo del Barrio. Her research challenges the frequent fracturing in the scholarship of the careers of Latinx artists like Ortiz, whose performances and artistic investigations have been incorporated by the canon, but whose work shaping Latinx cultures and histories remain sidelined. Ortiz, as an artist and a museum director, challenged institutional boundaries and encouraged emotionally invested spectatorship in performances such as his Piano Destruction Concerts, environments like Destruction Room/Brainwash at the Judson Gallery, and the multi-media installation Boricua: Aquí y Allá at the American Museum of Natural History. She has previously published and presented on Dominican American artist Iliana Emilia Garcia and Colombian conceptual artist Bernardo Salcedo. Her research has been supported by the Inter-University Program in Latino Research (IUPLR), the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). 

Fall 2024

Approaches to the Art of the Americas — ARTH 157
Approaches to the Art of the Americas — HISP 157
The Arts of Latin America in the 20th and 21st Centuries — ARTH 254
The Special Case of Puerto Rico — ARTH 353

Spring 2025

Approaches to the Art of the Americas — ARTH 157
Approaches to the Art of the Americas — HISP 157
Collectives and Collaboration in Modern and Contemporary Art — ARTH 252


Ana Cristina Perry Contributed New Essays to "Smarthistory"

February 14, 2024

Assistant Professor of Art History Ana Cristina Perry has contributed three new essays on Latinx Art to the online Art History textbook Smarthistory. The essays are on Freddy Rodríguez's "Paradise for a Tourist Brochure", María Magdalena Campos-Pons' "Spoken Softly with Mama," and Raphael Montañez Ortiz's "Duncan Terrace Piano Destruction Concert: The Landesmans' Homage to 'Spring can really hang you up the most'."

Ana Cristina Perry Interviewed Raphael Montañez Ortiz For "The Brooklyn Rail"

September 29, 2022

Ana Cristina Perry, assistant professor of art history, had an interview published in The Brooklyn Rail with Raphael Montañez Ortiz, an internationally renowned Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican artist and educator who grew up in New York City and founder of El Museo del Barrio.