Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation
Juliana Ribeiro da Silva Bevilacqua

Juliana Ribeiro da Silva Bevilacqua

Assistant Professor, Queen's National Scholar
Ontario Hall

Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar in the Arts and Visual Culture of Africa and the African Diaspora
PhD (University of São Paulo)

Research Interests

Classical African art; Contemporary African art; Colonial Museums in Africa; Afro-Brazilian art, specially collections from Afro-Brazilian religions, like Candomblé, and Modernism in Bahia; Arts of Diaspora.


Juliana Ribeiro da Silva Bevilacqua’s doctoral research at the University of São Paulo focused on the relationship between local chiefs and the Museu do Dundo during Angola’s colonial era (1936-1961). She was a research curator at the Museu Afro Brasil in Sao Paulo for ten years (2004-2014), collaborating with many partnering communities in Brazil and abroad to create exhibitions and other programming initiatives. She has done curatorial and research work in different museums in Brazil to explore and share African art and Afro-Brazilian art collections, including at the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) and Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia of University of Sao Paulo (MAE USP). She is the author of the book Homens de Ferro. Os Ferreiros na África Central no século XIX (Sao Paulo: Fapesp/ Alameda, 2011) and co-author of África em Artes (Sao Paulo: Museu Afro Brasil, 2015). In 2015 she was guest editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African art history and Visual Culture in an issue dedicated to Afro-Brazilian Art. Since 2017, she has been collaborating with the graduate program in Art History at Unicamp (State University of Campinas), offering courses and supervising Master and PhD students. In 2018, she was a visiting professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia (through the Connecting Art Histories program sponsored by The Getty Foundation). She has curated several African and Afro-Brazilian art exhibitions, such as “Metáforas do vazio. O Paraíso tropical de Rosana Paulino”, at the Museu de Artes Visuais da Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil, 2018, among others.

Recent Publications

Homens de Ferro. Os Ferreiros na África Central no século XIX (Sao Paulo: Fapesp/ Alameda, 2011)

África em Artes (Sao Paulo: Museu Afro Brasil, 2015). Book is offered as free download (in Portuguese) at Museu Afro Brasil.