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The Visual Arts program boasts the longest-standing private space in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting and promoting art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada; it has achieved a unique and renowned leadership position in the field, producing both historical and contemporary exhibitions. The Visual Arts program presents three exhibitions annually, each accompanied by a series of public and educational programs featuring outstanding artists, curators, critics and scholars. The Visual Arts program produces exhibition catalogues as well as scholarly publications, including the seminal work, A Principality of Its Own: 40 Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society.

 

The Society’s Visual Arts department, dedicated to fostering a better understanding of art in the American regions beyond U.S. borders from the pre-Columbian era to the present day, produces gallery exhibitions, illustrated catalogs, and a variety of public programs. The quality of our exhibitions attests to the diversity and heritage of the Americas, and upholds the mandate of the Americas Society to foster a better understanding of the art made in these regions from the pre-Columbian era to the present day.

The visual arts program boasts the longest-standing private space in the United States dedicated to exhibiting and promoting art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Americas Society is recognized for its catalyzing role in establishing Latin American art markets in the United States and helping to expand the notion of modernity in the western hemisphere. The success of the department is rooted in its role as not merely a consecratory venue, but also as a platform for new artistic visions and achievements from throughout the Americas.

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José Leonilson: Autobiography of a Brazilian Artist, Symposium and Launch of the Leonilson Catalogue Raisonné

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:00pm | New York

Americas Society presents an academic symposium at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts to celebrate the upcoming Leonilson exhibition and the international launch of his three-volume catalogue raisonné. ... Read More

Exhibition Opening
José Leonilson: Empty Man

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Americas Society invites you to the first U.S. solo exhibition of this key Brazilian artist. ... Read More

A Conversation with Clara Bargellini on Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:30pm | New York

Join us for a talk by curator Clara Bargellini, who will present the exhibition she cocurated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a conversation with Niria Leyva-Gutiérrez. ... Read More

Film Screening – A Paixão de JL

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Join us for the film directed by Carlos Nader about the Brazilian artist José Leonilson's struggle with AIDS. ... Read More

Film Screening – Feliciano Centurión: Abrazo Íntimo al Natural

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

The film, directed by Mon Ross (2016), explores the life of Feliciano Centurión, a Paraguayan artist who developed his career in Buenos Aires during the 80s and 90s. ... Read More

Exhibition Talk and Tour with Tom Kalin, Gabriela Rangel, Susanna V. Temkin, and Alex Fialho

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:00pm | New York

Visual AIDS and the Americas Society host a guided talk and tour of José Leonilson: Empty Man. ... Read More

Carlos Motta in Conversation with Lia Gangitano

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

New York-based Colombian artist Carlos Motta, whose work revolves on the politics of sexual orientation and gender identity, will engage in a conversation with curator Lia Gangitano. ... Read More

Upcoming Exhibition

José Leonilson: Empty Man

September 27 to February 3, 2018

José Leonilson (1957-1993) came of age as an artist during the 80s generation in Brazil. What he shared with this diverse artistic milieu was the so-called ‘joy of painting,’ rediscovered in the years following the end of Brazil’s dictatorship. What separated him from his contemporaries was his personal way of working and his distinct aesthetic centered on raw emotional feelings, introspective musings, and private affairs.

This Fall, Americas Society will present José Leonilson: Empty Man, the first U.S. solo exhibition of this key Brazilian artist. Focusing on Leonilson’s production as a mature artist, the show will feature approximately fifty paintings, drawings, and intimate embroideries made between the mid-1980s until 1993, when the artist died of AIDS. This short yet prolific period showcases the artist’s fully developed language, connecting Leonilson’s oeuvre with contemporary art practices, Brazilian vernacular traditions, and global issues prompted by the AIDS crisis. By taking as its starting point the works produced during the last three years of his life and moving backwards into the 1980s, the exhibition maps Leonilson’s artistic journey following the reverse chronology of T.S. Eliot: “in the beginning is my end. In my end is my beginning.”

Learn more about the exhibition.

The Visual Arts program boasts the longest-standing private space in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting and promoting art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada; it has achieved a unique and renowned leadership position in the field, producing both historical and contemporary exhibitions. The Visual Arts program present three exhibitions annually, each accompanied by a series of public and educational programs featuring outstanding artists, curators, critics and scholars.

Explore our past exhibitions below, and view a timeline of Visual Arts exhibitions dating back to 1967.

Upcoming Exhibitions

José Leonilson: Empty Man

September 27, 2017

In Fall 2017, Americas Society will present the first U.S. solo exhibition of the key Brazilian artist, José Leonilson. ... Read More

Past Exhibitions

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Special editions of books covering visual arts of the western Hemisphere and published by the Americas Society.

The Visual Arts department offers a variety of beautifully illustrated catalogues that chronicle past Americas Society exhibitions.

Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The publication Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! is produced in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition held at Americas Society’s Art Gallery. This catalogue features reproductions of Antonio Manuel’s artwork from the 1960s and 70s, in which he manipulates images appropriated from the mass media, explores performance and video art techniques, and reinterprets the human body itself as a vehicle for art. ... Read More

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