Erika Ashley Couto

Erika Couto is an independent scholar researching the architecture & visual culture of war.


Current Research

My current research explores architecture and art of deception from the Cold War to the contemporary area, focusing on Potemkin Villages - fake towns and villages erected as an instrument of war.

Although not my current focus, I’m also interested in the fashion of migration and fashion curating, as well as the development of Conceptual and Performance Art in the Americas and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s.

Upcoming Presentations and Publications


  • Getting In, Getting Funded, and Getting Through: The uphill climb of graduate education (StartingBloc Fellowship 2019, August 18, 2019, New York City)

  • The Eskimo Rental Housing Program: A Cold War Potemkin

    Village in Canada’s North (Universities Art Association of Canada, Oct. 27-29, Hilton Hotel, Ville de Québec)


  • Review of Sally Anne Duncan and Andrew McClellan’s The Art of Curating: Paul: J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard for the International Journal of Curatorial Studies (late 2019/early 2020).



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