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Milagros de la Torre

Visiting Assistant Professor

School of Art

Milagros de la Torre is an artist whose work examines the image, its vocabulary and language, mostly through an autobiographical lens. Her work is conceptually layered and often questions established systems of representation and meaning. She received a B.A. (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the University of the Arts London. Her first solo exhibition Under the Black Sun, 1993, curated by Robert Delpire, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

De la Torre was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), The Dora Maar Fellowship (2014), was the recipient of a Merited Person of Culture medal from the Ministry of Culture in Peru (2016), The Peter S. Reed Foundation Award in Photography (2016) and the Smithsonian Artist Fellowship Award (2021). She was named the Wolf Chair in Photography (Fall 2023) at The Cooper Union, NY. She has mentored, served as dissertation advisor and taught broadly.

Her work has been exhibited extensively and is part of permanent museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; The RISD Museum, Providence; Ruby City, Texas; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Spain; Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI, Peru; MALBA Museum, Argentina, among others.

De la Torre serves at the Board of the Penumbra Foundation, NY, a non-profit organization that brings together the Art and Science of Photography through education, research, public and residency programs.