Gabriel Perez-Barreiro on March 26, 2015, delivered a keynote lecture exploring the ways in which various artists from Latin America have used science and space travel as metaphors for expressing present day realities and imagined futures.

Perez-Barreiro is the director of the Coleccin Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York. From 2002 to 2008 he was the curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, he was chief curator of the Sixth Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. From 2000 to 2002 he was the director of visual arts at The Americas Society, New York, and before that, he worked as exhibitions and programs coordinator at the Casa de America, Madrid. From 1993 to 1998 he was the founding curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. He holds a Ph.D. in art history and theory from the University of Essex.

Perez-Barreiro was presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.