Alpesh Patel

Associate Professor | Art History
BA in art history with distinction from Yale University, New Haven, CT and his PhD from the University of Manchester in England.
Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, art criticism and curating reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. His single-authored monograph “Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories” was published by Manchester University Press (2017). Research for his follow up to this book, tentatively titled “Transnational approaches to LGBTQ artistic practices,” has been supported by a grant from the Fulbright Foundation. Subjects he has explored in peer-reviewed, edited scholarly books and journals include the relationship between curating and queer feminist Chinese art histories; embodied, agonistic museum viewing practices; creolized and creolizing queer and haptic Brown Atlantic civic space; failed, “decolonial spictacles”; and erasure of homosexuality in contemporary art criticism. Most of these articles and chapters (as well as other writing such as catalog essays and exhibition reviews) can be found through his page. Dr.Patel has co-organized academic panels at the annual conferences of Performance Studies international (PSi), College Art Association (CAA), and Association of Art Historians (UK); and given lectures at museums and universities across the US and Europe. A frequent contributor of exhibition reviews to international art magazines—such as Artforum (online and print), Art in America,, and frieze—he is currently reviews editor of contemporary art books for An active curator, he has organized exhibitions in the US and Europe. Professor Patel helped establish FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) as a Junior Cultural Anchor in Miami Beach in 2012. At MBUS he has organized solo and group exhibitions of artists based in the North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2007, he produced the British Art Council-funded and multi-sited project Mixing It Up: Queering Curry Mile and Currying Canal Street in England. He assisted on a number of contemporary art exhibitions, symposia publications and feature films while working in NYC from 1998 to 2005 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Clinica Estetico, Magnet Entertainment, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Dr. Patel has been assistant professor in contemporary art and critical theory since 2011. He is also an affiliate faculty member of both the Center for Women and Gender Studies and the African and African American diaspora program. The director of the MFA program from 2012 to 2017, he co-launched the MFA in visual arts curatorial practice program in 2013 with Jacek Kolasi?ski. He received his BA in art history with distinction from Yale University, New Haven, CT and his PhD from the University of Manchester in England.