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Laura Moure Cecchini

Laura Moure Cecchini

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Art & Art History, 311 Little Hall
p 315-228-7590


BA, Philosophy, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), 2007; MPhil, Philosophy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City), 2009; PhD, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina), 2016.


Visual Culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Italian Art 1800-1970, History and Theory of Photography, Transatlantic Cultural Exchanges, Mexican Modern Art, Art and Nationalism, Exhibition History, Theory of Art and Aesthetics, Digital Art History.

Research Interests

My research investigates how international and intergenerational debates have shaped the modernist canon, focusing on Italy as a case study. Through an analysis of the general and specialized art press, and of exhibition and collecting practices, I study the negotiations that determined the definition of Modernism, uncovering the dialectics that served to integrate visual culture in the broader social and political upheavals that marked the twentieth century.

I am currently working on a book manuscript titled Baroquemania: the Allure of the Baroque in Italian Modernism from Gabriele D’Annunzio to Lucio Fontana, which charts the multiple ways in which prominent Italian artists, writers, philosophers, and ideologues reimagined the Baroque as a catalyst to the reshaping of twentieth-century culture in Italy. My next book project, Sunday Painters: Amateur and Self-Taught Artists in Interwar Italy, analyzes the critical reception of non-professional artists among Italian modernists fascinated by notions of primitivism and originality.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

2016   "The “Mostra del Quarantennio della Biennale” and the International Mission of Venice in the Interwar Period," forthcoming in Il Capitale Culturale, Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage  "Museums and Exhibitions between WWI and WWII" 14

2016   “The Nave Italia and the Politics of Latinità: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Colonization in the Early Days of Fascism,” Italian Studies 71 (November 2016)

2014   “Vincenzo Agnetti and the Poetics of Zeroing,” Art and Documentation (Sztuka i Dokumentacja) 10: 39-44.

2014  “Photodynamism and Vortography: The Futurist Anti-Portraits of Anton Giulio Bragaglia and Alvin Langdon Coburn,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies: 477-503.

2012  “Rage against the Machine: Vincenzo Agnetti’s Critique of Industrial Alienation,” Enthymema. Rivista internazionale di critica, teoria e filosofia della letteratura 7: 543-558.

Book Chapters

2011  “Indias pin-up: la indígena como objeto erótico en los calendarios de los años ’40-‘50,” catalogue for the exhibition Los sueños de una nación. Un año después 2011 (Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes:), 43-55.


2011  Roberto Diodato, Estetica del virtuale, original: Bruno Mondadori Edizioni, Milano, 2005. Translation: Estética de lo Virtual (Universidad Iberoamericana: Mexico City).

Digital Projects

2015-2017  "Portrait of a City- Jacopo de' Barbari's View of Venice," Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Minneapolis Institute of Art

2014-2017  "Venice Interactive Visual Atlas" (VIVA), Wired! Group, Duke University

2012-2015   "La Mostra Commemorativa dei Quarant'Anni di Arte Veneta (1935)," Visualizing la Biennale, Duke University- Istituto Universitario d'Architettura di Venezia