Abigail McEwen 2013

Abigail McEwen

Abigail McEwen, assistant professor of Latin American art history at the University of Maryland, has been awarded the 2013 Dedalus Foundation Senior Fellowship for her project, Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba.  The fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000.


A social and intellectual history of Cuban abstraction, Revolutionary Horizons describes the visual strategies and political purchase of the last vanguardia generation in pre-Revolutionary Havana.  The book considers the emergence of abstract art in Cuba and its promulgation within a radicalized cultural field, circumscribed by the national discourse of cubanía and the Cold War ideological divide.


McEwen specializes in the history of modern and contemporary Latin American art with a particular concentration on Cuba and the Caribbean.  Her research interests include Latin American avant-garde movements and the transnational history of abstraction across the Americas.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.