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Delia Solomons
Delia Solomons, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Art & Art History



Academic Building, 115B

Delia Solomons joined the Art and Art History Department as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She specializes in modern and contemporary art of the Americas and Europe, with a focus on intersections of globalization, exhibition practices, politics, and visual culture. Her current book project explores the sudden surge in exhibitions of Latin American art across the United States in the 1960s, the years directly following the Cuban Revolution; the project reveals how, as Cold War tensions escalated in the Americas, museums offered privileged spaces to stage both cultural diplomacy and dissent. Her research has been supported by the Humanities Initiative, Kress Foundation, Institute of Fine Arts, and Institute for Studies on Latin American Art.

Solomons received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, in 2015. Prior to coming to Drexel, she taught at Tulane University, New York University, and the City University of New York. She also co-curated the exhibition Sari Dienes (The Drawing Center, New York, 2014) and is currently co-curating a show on the New Orleans Museum of Art’s collection of abstract art from Latin America. She worked as a curatorial/research assistant on exhibitions for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Grey Art Gallery. Her publications include “Hot Styles and Cold War: Collecting Practices at MoMA and other Museums in the Sixties,” The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States (The Frick Collection and Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2017) and “Staging the Global: Latin American Art in the Guggenheim and Carnegie Internationals of the 1960s,” Journal of Curatorial Studies (June 2014); and “Disobedient Bodies: Isidre Nonell’s Paintings of Spanish Gypsies,” In the Distance (Boston: MIT University Press, 2011). She has also developed courses, conference papers, and panels on art’s relationship to revolution, disaster, and dictatorship; artists’ engagement with guns and artillery; the role of mirrors in art; and connections between conceptual and neofigurative art in the 1960s.

PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
BA, Washington University in St. Louis