Alex Fialho

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Joint Studies: History of Art and African American Studies

Alex Fialho is a graduate student in Yale’s Combined Ph.D. program in the History of Art and African American Studies. As an art historian and curator, his research and writing focus on contemporary art, activism, critical race studies, queer theory, and HIV/AIDS scholarship.

Fialho worked for five years as Programs Director of the New York-based arts non-profit Visual AIDS, facilitating projects around the history and immediacy of the ongoing AIDS crisis, while intervening against the widespread whitewashing of HIV/AIDS cultural narratives. As an Oral Historian for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, Fialho conducted extensive oral histories with fifteen cultural producers including Ron Athey, Gregg Bordowitz, Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Julie Tolentino. Fialho is also a frequent contributor to Artforum, and his writing has been published in exhibition catalogs for the Whitney Biennial 2019 and Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, among other museum publications. He has presented his research on the queer artistic juvenilia of Glenn Ligon and Keith Haring at the College Art Association Annual Conference and at New York University’s Fales Library. Fialho holds a B.A. in Art History with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University, where, with Melissa Levin, he recently co-curated the exhibition Michael Richards: Winged and co-organized the academic symposium “Flight, Diaspora, Identity, and Afterlife: A Symposium on the Art of Michael Richards.”