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Professor Felipe Scovino returns to UAL as TrAIN Visiting Scholar

A casually dressed professor shot against a large internal grey wall with Portuguese writing
A casually dressed professor shot against a large internal grey wall with Portuguese writing
Felipe Scovino, Professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Written by
Cat Cooper
Published date
28 May 2021

TrAIN warmly welcomes Felipe Scovino, Professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as Visiting Scholar.

Formerly the curator for the estate of Lygia Clark, Professor Scovino has since worked extensively as an independent curator, holding numerous contemporary art exhibitions and major itinerant retrospectives such as that of neoconcrete artist Franz Weissmann and pioneer kinetic artist Abraham Palatnik. His book, Arquivo Contemporaneo, on artists’ interviews was published in 2008 by 7Letras.

Felipe’s current research focuses on the notion of 'the popular’ in the work of artist Hélio Oiticica and architect Lina Bo Bardi. It was financed in part by the CAPES– Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior.

Prof Felipe Scovino has a long-standing relationship with TrAIN. He was the first ever associate PhD student at UAL in 2006, when he took time out from his position as curator of the Lygia Clark estate and came to London to develop his thesis on 'Humour in Brazilian Contemporary Art' under the supervision of Michael Asbury, Reader in the History and Theory of Art and TrAIN Deputy Director.

Prof Felipe Scovino:

"I would like to make use of my sabbatical leave by spending time at TrAIN under the coordination of Dr Michael Asbury. Michael acted as one of my supervisors during my PhD placement at UAL in 2006. The represents more than a simple continuation of that project, but a re-engament with the London research community and to make use of the archives available in the city and at UAL. Michael has a large number of articles and given many lectures on Hélio Oiticica one of my case studies, as well as many other Brazilian contemporary and modern artists. Such experience will be providential for my research in London."

Dr Michael Asbury:

"It is a pleasure and an honour to have Felipe back with us working with TrAIN within its Latin American strand. Felipe's visiting scholarship further consolidates the already strong relationship we have had with UFRJ which has included several student exchanges, common editorial projects, a conference at Tate Modern, participation on advisory boards and examination committees. I look forward to receiving Felipe amongst our research community and hearing more about his current research on the notion of 'the people' in the work of Hélio Oiticica and Lina Bo Bardi."

After completing his PhD at UFRJ, Felipe joined the UFRJ Faculty at the School of Fine Arts running the undergraduate programme and editing the post-graduate journal Arte e Ensaios. Until recently he was the coordinator for undergraduate studies at the UFRJ’s Department of Art and Art History. He has collaborated with TrAIN on several occasions.