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Mey-Yen Moriuchi, Ph.D.

Mey-Yen Moriuchi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Mey-Yen Moriuchi received her B.A. in History of Art and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. She is a recipient of the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and has presented her research on 18th-20th-century Mexican painting at various conferences, including the College Art Association, Feminist Art History Conference, Southeastern College Art Conference, the National Gallery of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Her research focuses on representations of racial and social types in 18th-century casta painting and 19th-century costumbrismo. Her book manuscript, Mexican Costumbrismo: Race, Society and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Art, was published by Pennsylvania State University Press in 2018. Her article “Casta, Costumbrismo, Kahlo” appeared in the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Summer 2018) and her essay, “From Casta to Costumbrismo: Representations of Racialized Social Spaces” was published in the volume Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America (Brill, 2015). Other essays are included in the exhibition catalogues Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints (2016), Elizabeth Catlett: Art for Social Justice (2015) and American Scenes: WPA-Era Prints of the 1930s and 1940s (2014) (La Salle University Art Museum). Her current research examines Asian-Latin American connections in the artworks of artists such as Wifredo Lam and Tilsa Tsuchiya.

Areas of Expertise

  • Colonial Latin American art
  • 18th-and 19th-century Mexican painting
  • Latin American Modernism
  • Mexican Muralism
  • Race and Identity in Art


  • Ph.D., History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A., History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
  • B.A., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania


  • Introduction to Art History
  • Survey of Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art
  • Art and History of Mexico
  • Colonial to Contemporary Latin American Art
  • Murals in Philadelphia and Beyond
  • Race and Identity in Art
  • Surrealisms: Beyond the Canon


Mexican Costumbrismo: Race, Society, and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Art (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018).

(forthcoming) “Locating Chinese Culture and Aesthetics in the Art of Wifredo Lam,” Afro-Asian Connections in Latin America and the Caribbean, eds. Debra Lee-DiStefano and Luisa Ossa (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018)

Casta, Costumbrismo, Kahlo,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 95, no. 7 (Summer 2018): 769-784.

El Arte Rompe Fronteras: Art Breaks Down Borders,” in Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, ed.  Klare Scarborough (Philadelphia: La Salle University, 2016), 1-10. Exh. Cat.

“Space, Place, and Gender in Dorothea Tanning’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony,” Art and Social Change, eds. Klare Scarborough and Susan Dixon (Philadelphia: La Salle University Art Museum, 2016), 161-175.

“From Casta to Costumbrismo: Representations of Racialized Social Spaces” in Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, ed. Pamela Patton. (Netherlands: Brill, 2015).

“Transnationalism in the Art of Elizabeth Catlett,” in Elizabeth Catlett: Art for Social Justice, ed. Klare Scarborough. (Philadelphia: La Salle University, 2015) Exh. Cat.

“Art as an Instrument of Social Change: North and South of the Border,” in American Scenes: WPA-Era Prints of the 1930s and 1940s, ed. Klare Scarborough and Carmen Vendelin. (Philadelphia: La Salle University Art Museum, 2014), 23-32. Exh. Cat.

“From ‘les types populaires’ to ‘los tipos populares’: Nineteenth-Century Mexican Costumbrismo,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, April, 2013. [23 pp.]

“The Art of Conversation: Eighteenth-Century Mexican Casta Painting,”Shift Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 5, October 2012, 1-25.

“Biographies of the Artists,” The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World. Edited by Robert Cozzolino. Philadelphia, PA: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts2012, Exh. Cat.


2019 College Art Association, New York, NY
“Nation Building Outside of the Academy: Re-considering Mexican Costumbrismo” (Feb 14)

2018 International Society for the Study of Surrealism Conference, Lewisburg, VA
“The Multiple Surrealisms of Wifredo Lam” (Nov 3)

2018 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association “Vistas” Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
“Vistas in 19th-Century Mexican Tarjetas de Visita” (Mar 15)

2017 Asians in Americas Symposium, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
“Locating Chinese Culture and Aesthetics in the Art of Wifredo Lam” (Sep 23)

2017 College Language Association, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
“Asian-African Connections in the Art of Wifredo Lam” (Apr 6)

2016 Tracing Types: Comparative Analyses of Nineteenth-Century Sketches, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Grisette, Maja, Manola, China: Tracing Representations” (Jun 3)

2015 Asians in the Americas Symposium, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.
“The Legend of the China Poblana: Indian Princess or Poor Slave?” (Nov 7)

2015 New York University Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, NY. Dissecting Society: Periodical Literature and Social Observation (1830-1850)
“From ‘Les types populaires’ to ‘Los tipos populares’: Nineteenth-Century Mexican Costumbrismo” (Mar 20)

2015 College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.
“The Drop Sinister: Henry Wilson Watrous’ Visualization of the ‘One Drop Rule’’” (Feb 11)

2014 Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington D.C.
CastaCostumbrismo, Kahlo” (Nov 1)

2014 Nineteenth-Century Hispanists International Network, York University, Toronto, Canada
“Nineteenth-Century Costumbrismo Re-Imagined” (Apr 26)

2014 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Chicago, IL
“The Urbanites of Nineteenth-Century Mexico” (Mar 20)

2013 Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC
“Nineteenth-Century Mexican Costumbrismo” in Close Connections: The Detail in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature. (Oct 31-Nov 2)

2013 University of Michigan Conference, “Colonial Resonance”, Ann Arbor, MI
“Resonating Casta within Costumbrismo” (Sep 26-27)

2013 College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY
“From Casta to Costumbrista: Representations of Racialized Social Spaces” in Representing “Race” in Iberia and the Ibero-American World. (Feb 14)

2012 University of Houston Symposium, “The Art of Death and Dying”, Houston, TX
“Death and Resurrection in the Art of Remedios Varo” (Oct 27)

2012 Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham, NC
“Typecasting in the Nineteenth Century: Visualizations of Popular Types in Mexico” in American Art III Session. (Oct 19)