Carmen Merport Quiñones

Carmen Merport Quiñones
Humanities Teaching Fellow
  • Department of English
  • The College
Walker 420
cmerport@uchicago.edu


I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in 2018, where I was also a Senior Graduate Fellow of the Chicago Center for Teaching and a Mellon Foundation Fellow in the Humanities. My dissertation, “Ripped from the Pages of Life: The Mass Public, the Avant-Garde, and Magazine Aesthetics in Postwar American Art,” examines the political implications of the work of Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, ASCO, and General Idea in the context of the visual culture developed by American mass-circulation picture magazines in the twentieth century. It offers an account of the manner in which the practices of these postwar artists injected new energy into the avant-garde dream of an emancipatory mass society through a politicization of ordinary aesthetics. Writing related to the dissertation and on visual culture more generally has been published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, Criticism, the University of Chicago Press, PMLA (forthcoming), and the Museum of Modern Art (forthcoming).

I am committed to inclusive pedagogy and am also interested in experimental modes of teaching and criticism. I have taught collaborative, interdisciplinary courses on subjects such as Queer Art and Theories of Gender and Sexuality.

Sample of Courses Taught

  • Advanced Theories of Gender & Sexuality
  • Portrait of the Artist as ____: Twentieth-Century Authorship in Theory and Practice
  • Inhabiting the Borderlands: Latinx Embodiment in Literature, Art, and Popular Culture
  • What Do Pictures Want…From the Novel
  • Bad Taste: Camp, Kitsch, and More
  • Selected Publications

    • “James Baldwin and Theodore Pelatowski’s ‘Unto the Dying Lamb,’” introduction to ‘Little-Known Document,' PMLA [peer reviewed]
    • “Aida Muluneh’s Strength in Honor,” in Among Others: Blackness at MoMA. New York: The Museum of Modern Art. [forthcoming]
    • “Reading Color: Looking Through Language in Warhol,” Criticism 59.4, pp.511-538 [peer reviewed
    • “Everybody Knows His Name: James Baldwin and Richard Avedon’s Nothing Personal,” Los Angeles Review of Books April 7, 2018.
    • “(Re)pose/(Death)mask: The Visual Language of the Photographic Portrait,” in There Was a Whole Collection Made - Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman. University of Chicago, David & Alfred Smart Museum, 2016.
    • Education

      Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2018. Teaching at Chicago since 2014.