• Sean Nesselrode Moncada
  • Rolando Peña
  • Alexander Alberro

Register for the event

Join us for the launch of Sean Nesselrode Moncada’s book Refined Material: Petroculture and Modernity in Venezuela (August 2023), which explores the integral relationship between the global oil industry and the rise of geometric abstraction, kinetic art, and modern architecture in midcentury Venezuela. This event features introductions by Studies on Latin American Art series editor Alexander Alberro followed by a conversation with the author and artist Rolando Peña, whose work is featured in the publication.

The launch is open to the public and will take place in person at ISLAA, located at 142 Franklin Street in New York City. Attendees are encouraged to register online in advance. The conversation will be held in English, and a recording will be made available online following the event.

The University of California Press published Refined Material in August 2023 as part of the series Studies on Latin American Art. Books in the series encompass studies of art history and cultural practices emerging from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Latin American diaspora in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. International and cosmopolitan in scope, the series seeks to address the production, exhibition, and dissemination of art in and between countries and continents. This series is supported by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).


Sean Nesselrode Moncada

Studies on Latin American Art

University of California Press

142 Franklin Street

New York, NY 10013

Tue–Fri: 12–6 PM

Sat–Mon: Closed

Based in New York City, the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) expands scholarship, public engagement, and the international visibility of art from Latin America.

ISLAA will be closed to the public this summer as we prepare to move to our new space in the fall.


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