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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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Current Exhibition

Facundo de Zuviría: Siesta Argentina and other modest observations

January 25 to April 1, 2017
General Opening January 24

Facundo de Zuviría: Siesta Argentina and other modest observations is structured around the extraordinary photo-essay Siesta Argentina by Facundo de Zuviría (b. 1954). Comprising 36 black and white prints of closed storefronts in Buenos Aires, the series was triggered by the “corralito crisis”—the deep economic and social downturn that shook Argentina in 2001. As the photographer wandered through the streets of the Argentine capital, he delved into the complexities of an urban reality where modernity collides with the unintended and anachronistic beauty of a world on the verge of disappearance. In addition to Siesta Argentina, the exhibition includes photographic prints in color and black and white that retrace de Zuviría’s creative journeys, chronicling the vernacular architecture, design, and urban landscape of the photographer’s native Buenos Aires.

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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.


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Past Exhibitions

For Rent: Marc Latamie

May 15, 2012

In his first solo exhibition in the United States, artist Marc Latamie reflected on the colonial trade and cultural exchange between Martinique and France. ... Read More

Observed: Milagros de la Torre

February 08, 2012

The artist’s first monographic show in New York, Milagros de la Torre's Observed comprised of stark, object-based images, examining contemporary issues related to violence, memory, and the socio-political construction of identity. ... Read More

Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent!

September 15, 2011

In Antonio Manuel's first solo exhibition in the Unites States, the show focused on his preeminent role in the development of the groundbreaking neo-avant-garde movement that emerged in Rio de Janeiro during the 1960s. ... Read More

For Rent: Consuelo Castañeda

May 17, 2011

For Rent: Consuelo Castañeda was the first of three exhibitions devoted to mid-career artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada to be presented annually from 2011 to 2013 by Americas Society’s Visual Arts program in our gallery. ... Read More

Arturo Herrera: Les Noces (The Wedding)

February 03, 2011

Americas Society introduced Arturo Herrera’s groundbreaking installation Les Noces, the artist’s first work to incorporate music and moving images to New York audiences. Herrera is internationally renowned for his explorations of a wide variety of different media, including collage, sculpture, photography, prints, and video. ... Read More

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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.

The Painted Photographs of Melvin Charney: Between Observation and Intervention

Friday, July 31, 2009

Melvin Charney has worked extensively on the frontier of art and architecture, making photographs, sculptures, installations, constructions, and gardens that take the city itself as a measure of our urban condition. A keen observer of the built world we inhabit, his work is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of architecture—its theory, history, and current practice—as well as his overall understanding of cities themselves. ... Read More

Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology from the Domeyko Cassel Collection

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology from the Domeyko Cassel Collection examines an indigenous group barely known outside of South America. Gathering a number of important artifacts and curated Thomas Dillehay, the exhibition catalogue showcases Mapuche silverware, drums, textiles, and masks as means to explore the Mapuche social and religious worldview. ... Read More

Carlos Cruz-Diez: (In)Formed by Color

Sunday, August 31, 2008

One of the finest exponents of Latin American Kinetic and Op art, the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is a legend among contemporaries such as Jesus Soto and Alejandro Otero. In 2008, the Americas Society orchestrated Cruz-Diez's first solo exhibition in the United States, for which Carlos Cruz Diez: InFormed by Color is the exhibition catalogue—the first comprehensive publication in English devoted to the artist. ... Read More

Reproducing Nations: Types and Costumes in Asia and Latin America ca. 1800-1860

Friday, March 31, 2006

This innovative exhibition explores the descriptive tradition of "costumbrismo" as it developed in South America in the first half of the nineteenth century. The catalogue focuses on the cultural responses opened up by trade and commerce in the nineteenth century, and also traces the broad circulation of costume books, prints, and watercolors within South America, Asia, and Europe. ... Read More

José Gurvich: Constructive Imagination

Friday, September 30, 2005

This is the catalogue of the first solo institutional exhibition of Uruguayan artist José Gurvich in New York. This important exhibition of paintings, drawings, and ceramics, produced between 1957 and 1973, examines Gurvich’s role in the School of the South as a student of Joaquin Torres-García and an exponent of constructivism nationally and internationally. ... Read More

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