Bard Faculty

Susan Aberth

Associate Professor of Art History; Coordinator, Theology

Primary Academic Program: Latin American and Iberian Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Art History, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theology

Academic Expertise: Art History

Area of Specialization: Latin American Surrealism


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Recipient, professional development fellowship, the College Art Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Author of Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy, and Art (Lund Humphries, London and Turner, Madrid, 2004). Chair, Test Development Committee for Art History AP exams, Educational Testing Service and College Board. Professor of Latin American art, Christie’s Education Master of Arts Program, New York. At Bard since 2000.


  • Research Interests: All Latin American Art; Czech modernism and Surrealism; Surrealism with an emphasis on women artists; African religious practices in the Americas; 20th century Mexican Art
  • Teaching Interests: Latin American Art, African Art, Islamic Art; Outsider Art, Religious art and practices
  • Other Interests: Art of the Occult and Alchemy; Spiritualism in the United States; Freemasonry and other fraternal organizations; Art dealing with death, memorials, and mourning; Outsider Art, Art Brut, Visionary Art


Phone: 845-758-6822 x7126
Location: Fisher Annex
Office: Room 113