Lynda Klich specializes in twentieth-century art and her research addresses topics such as vanguardism, transnational networks between Latin America and Europe, the relationships between culture and politics, nationalism and identity, and modernism and popular culture. Her book The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Postrevolutionary Mexico (University of California Press, 2018) positions the 1920s vanguard movement Estridentismo as an ambitious program for national cultural and social modernity, arguing that the movement’s cosmopolitan position and radical artistic production proposed models for socially-engaged intellectuals in the postrevolutionary Mexican state. The Noisemakers received the 2016 University of Maryland/Phillips Collection Book Prize and a Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant from the College Art Association.
With Tara Zanardi, Klich co-edited Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Practices and Global Contexts (Routledge 2019), on the production and circulation of typographical depictions in diverse media, including costume albums, maps, photographs, postcards, and fashion. The book emerged from an international symposium held at Hunter College in October 2013. The edited volume includes Klich’s essay on the visual culture of postcards, another specialization and the subject of various collaborative projects, including The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars (MFA Boston, 2017) and the exhibition and catalogue The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (MFA Boston, 2012). Klich is currently preparing an exhibition and catalogue on vernacular photography on postcards from the United States.
Klich teaches classes on art in Latin America from the colonial period to the present day. Her art history seminars include Mapping Mexico City; Estridentismo and the International Vanguard; Latin American Vanguards; Mexican Modernisms; and Abstraction in the Americas. In fall semesters, she teaches Arts in New York City for the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter.
Klich received her MA from Hunter College and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She is curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Collection.
Books and Edited Volumes
The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Postrevolutionary Mexico (1921-1927). University of California Press, Spring 2018.
Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices, co-edited with Tara Zanardi. Routledge, 2018.
The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars. Co-authored with Anna Jozefacka, Juliana Kreinik, and Benjamin Weiss. (MFA Publications, 2017).
The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (co-authored with Benjamin Weiss). Boston: MFA Publications, 2012.
Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, no. 26, Mexico Theme Issue (2010), The Wolfsonian, Florida International University (Guest Editor).
Essays and Book Chapters
“Circulating lo mexicano: Mauricio Yáñez’s postcards and the photography of tourism in Mexico,” in Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Practices and Global Contexts, co-edited with Tara Zanardi (Forthcoming, Routledge Publishing Company, 2018).
“Caricature as Strategy: An Estridentista Group Portrait,” in International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, vol. 7 (Berlin: DeGruyter 2017), 414-17.
“Postcards and Propaganda,” in Anna Jozefacka, Lynda Klich, Juliana Kreinik, and Benjamin Weiss, The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars (forthcoming, Boston: MFA Publications, 2017).
“Estridentismo, Mexican Modernity, and the Popular, ” in Sighting Technology in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, ed. María Fernández (forthcoming, Ithaca: Cornell University Institute for Comparative Modernities and Africa World Press, 2017).
“Mexico estridentista,” in Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, edited by Matthew Affron, Mark A. Castro, Dafne Cruz Porchini, and Renato González Mello, exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2016, 301-309.
“Ramón Alva de la Canal, El Café de Nadie,” in Catálogo comentado del acervo del Museo Nacional de Arte, Siglo XX, vol. 3 Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Arte, 2014, 119-24.
“Estridentismo’s Technologies: Modernity’s ‘Efficient Agents’ in Post-Revolutionary Mexico,” in Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico, eds. Araceli Tinajero and J. Brian Freeman. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2013, 263-82.
“Estridentópolis: Achieving a Post-Revolutionary Utopia in Jalapa,” Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, no. 26 Mexico Theme Issue (2010): 102-27.