María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco joins NYU as the King Juan Carlos Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization for Fall 2017. Jiménez-Blanco is a distinguished Spanish art historian, whose main field of interest is the relationship between art and politics in 20th century Spain. Since 1995 she has been a faculty member of the Department of Art History III (Contemporary) of the Complutense University of Madrid, and from 2002 to 2006 she taught at the Departament d’Humanitats of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona.
Her doctoral dissertation, published in 1989 under the title of Arte y Estado en la España del siglo XX (Art and State in 20th Century Spain), became a reference for the study of Spanish State policies towards modern art, focusing on the dysfunctional relationship between modern art and official museums.
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