Nathan Segura

Nathan Segura
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern/Contemporary Art
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
Committee Members: Jenni Sorkin, Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies, UCSB)
M.A. Thesis: "Censored Ambiguity: María Izquierdo’s Tribute to Mexico," completed 2022


My area of specialization is contemporary art history and theory, specifically the fields of museum studies and institutional critique. For the past three years, I have worked at The Broad Museum and the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. My role in both museums is to conduct research on their contemporary collection and provide VIP tours to art professionals. Because of my fluency in French (I was born and raised in Lyon, France), I serve as a liaison between these two museums and art institutions in France, the Pompidou Center notably. At UCSB, my graduate work will explore how some contemporary artists adapt the work of artists who have previously engaged with institutional critique in order to further contextualize their art practices within their unique historical moments. I am particularly interested in the efforts of these artists to highlight the public—and private—economic and political interests that museums serve. I also examine how cultural institutions consider race, gender, and sexuality when formulating their missions, curatorial strategies, programs, and targeted audiences.