Alejandro Anreus


Office: Ben Shahn 128
Phone: (973) 720-3287
Office Hours: Monday/Wed. – 11:30 - 1:30, Thursday – 12:30 – 2:30

Department: Art
Position: Professor

Area Specialization
Modern Art I, II, Neo-classic and Romantic Art, Modern Art of Latin America, American Art, Art and Politics, 20th Century Mexican Art, Introduction to Latin American Studies

Alejandro Anreus was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the U.S. as an exile with his family in 1970. He grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where his mother made a living as a factory worker. He received his BA in art history from Kean College, where he was mentored by social art historian Alan Wallach; he went on to receive both his MA and PhD in art history from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Anreus was a curator at the Montclair Art Museum (1986-1993), and at the Jersey City Museum (1993-2001). In 1993 he received the Nancy Hanks Award for Curatorial Distinction from the American Association of Museums. He is a past Cintas, Luce, Rockefeller and American Philosophical Society fellow.

Since 2003 Prof. Anreus has been part of the national advisory board of the "A Ver" series of monographs. This is the first series of monographs focused on living Latino artists. This multi-volume project is funded by the Getty and Rockefeller Foundations and is based at the Chicano Studies Department at UCLA.

Since September 2001 he is professor of art history and Latin American/Latinx Studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He is the author of some 60 catalogue essays, and his articles have appeared in Art Journal, Third Text, Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, Art Nexus, Commonweal and Diario de Cuba. He is the author of Orozco in Gringoland(2001) and the A Ver series monograph Luis Cruz Azaceta(2014), as well as editor, co-editor and contributor of Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti(2001); The Social and The Real. Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere(2006); and Mexican Muralism: A Critical History(2012). With Robin A. Greeley and Megan Sullivan he is co-editor and contributor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Modern Latin American and Latino Art(2019). He is currently working on two manuscripts; Havana in the 1940s. Artists, Critics and Exhibitionsand a monograph on Cuban-American painter Arturo Rodríguez. Dr. Anreus was president of the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation from March 2013 until December 2017. A poet in his native Spanish, he has authored Memento mori (2010, in collaboration with Arturo Rodríguez); Los exiliados sueñan (2013); Los vientos de cuaresma(2017), and Los golpes de la historia(2018).