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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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The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830-1930

March 22 to June 30, 2018

Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals, and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. Photographs, prints, plans, and maps depict the urban impact of key societal and economic transformations, including the emergence of a bourgeois elite, and extensive infrastructure projects, rapid industrialization, and commercialization.

This exhibition was co-curated by Idurre Alonso and Maristella Casciato and organized by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

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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 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.

Past Exhibitions

Geoffrey James: Zones of Contact

April 16, 2004

Known for his eloquent black-and-white photographs of culturally charged landscapes, the work of the Welsh-born, Canada-based photographer Geoffrey James defied the traditional category of journalistic photography through a series of compelling images that subtly investigated the intersection between nature and the built environment. ... Read More

As a Satellite Space: Res do Chao

December 02, 2003

Rés de Chão, the fourth participant in As a Satellite was founded in 2002 and operated from the small apartment of artist and cultural producer Edson Barros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For As a Satellite: Rés de Chão initiated a process-based project that generated new situations and created meeting points between cultural producers in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. ... Read More

As a Satellite Space: Instant Coffee

October 10, 2003

As a Satellite: Instant Coffee included the work of dozens of artists from Canada and abroad through a number of events, from slideshow talks to video screenings to performances. As a Satellite was a program with independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, which consisted of positioning and using Americas Society as their satellite for the production of exhibitions and event-based projects in New York. ... Read More

As a Satellite Space: Backyard

July 12, 2003

Muro Sur was an artist-run center in Santiago, Chile, and the second participant in As a Satellite. Founded in 1998, it concentrated on organizing and presenting exhibitions of Chilean experimental and contemporary art. Muro Sur’s project explored the idea that Latin America is the "backyard" of the United States and highlighted the emblematic coincidence of September 11, 1973, in Chile and September 11, 2001, in New York City. ... Read More

Puerto Rican Light: Allora & Calzadilla

May 18, 2003

Puerto Rican Light included three works by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla that utilized a variety of representational means to convey light "from" the island of Puerto Rico: the installation Traffic Patterns (2001-2003), a photograph from the series Seeing Otherwise (1999-2003), and the sculptural project Puerto Rican Light (2003). ... Read More

As a Satellite Space: La Panadería

July 02, 2002

La Panadería, an artist-run center in Mexico City, was the first participant of As a Satellite. For this series the collective created not merely an exhibition space, but a versatile, multi-purpose, activity-based art center. ... Read More

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The Visual Arts program has demonstrated a strong commitment to education and public engagement in its 50 years of history. Visual Arts events are free and welcome all audiences, including families, students, teachers, and scholars. Public programs and bilingual tours stimulate an interest in learning about art of the Americas among diverse communities.

Visual Arts offers regular private group tours of the exhibitions. Tours cater to all levels of learning, including K-12 and university classes, as well as adult groups, and are available in both English and Spanish.

Americas Society has built a partnership with CUNY, Hunter College. Hunter’s Cultural Ambassador works with Visual Arts to welcome students to exhibitions and public programs, as well as special events organized for the students.

In addition to a commitment to foster education and encourage higher learning, the Visual Arts department provides internships for future arts professionals.

To schedule a tour for your class or group, please contact Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator Diana Flatto: dflatto@as-coa.org

The Arts of the Americas Circle, chaired by Erica Roberts and Boris Hirmas, is a dynamic group of collectors and arts lovers, involved in historical, modern, and contemporary art and culture from the region. All funds provide crucial support for our Visual Arts exhibitions, publications, and public programs at Americas Society throughout the year. To support our Visual Arts program lead by Gabriela Rangel, the Americas Society requests Arts of the Americas Circle patrons to make an annual contribution to provide critical financial support for the organization.

As a patron of the Arts of the Americas Circle, you will be invited to join a selection committee responsible for selecting two to three exhibitions proposed by the Visual Arts Department each year. In addition, patrons will also receive invitations for special events exclusively organized for the Circle, including an intimate party held annually, visits to art fairs, galleries and artist’s studios, special book editions and conversations with artists, curators and collectors.

Americas Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the Arts of the Americas Circle members: Estrellita Brodsky; Galeria Almeida e Dale; Kaeli Deane, Phillips; Diana Fane; Boris Hirmas; Isabella Hutchinson; Carolina Jannicelli; Roberto Redondo and Carlos Manso; Erica Roberts; Sharon Schultz; Herman Sifontes; Axel Stein, Sotheby’s; Edward J. Sullivan; and Juan Yarur Torres.

For more information about the Arts of the Americas Circle, please contact Diana Flatto: dflatto@as-coa.org

 

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

Gerardo Suter: Labyrinth of Memory

Sunday, January 31, 1999

This exhibition presented a mid-career survey of a dozen years of his work, which ranges from early photographs of enigmatic landscapes and ruins, to larger prints of more dramatic tableaux featuring nude figures with masks and other props, to recent monumental installations that combine photography with video and performance elements. ... Read More

Embodied Abstraction: Laura Anderson Barbata, Linda Matalon, Ricardo Mazal

Friday, January 31, 1997

This exhibition catalogue covers the work of three artists in New York, whose paintings, sculptures, and drawings engage the modernist tradition and the legacy of abstraction while addressing concerns of the human body. Anderson and Mazal hail from Mexico, while Matalon is a Cuban American. The catalogue includes texts by Joseph R. Wolin. ... Read More

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