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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

Erick Meyenberg: The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

May 4 to July 22, 2017
EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 29, 2017
General Opening May 3

Borrowing its enigmatic title from the words of Guillaume Apollinaire, The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg chronicles the making of a multilayered project by Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg (b. 1980, Mexico City). Working for two years with a local high school marching band in Mexico City, Meyenberg orchestrated a complex performance which took place throughout the capital and provokes a reflection on the pedagogical machinery of discipline, education, gender, and the state.

Erick Meyenberg works at the intersection of drawing, collage, video, data analysis, and sound. La rueda no se parece a una pierna (The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg, 2016) is the end result of a long collaboration with members of the high school marching band Banda de Guerra Lobos at the Colegio Hispanoamericano in Mexico City. Meyenberg and the teenagers—together with curators, guest musicians, composers, choreographers, costume designers, and a video production team—cocreated the choreography and concomitant performances that took the band through some of Mexico City’s most emblematic and politically marked sites: the Plaza de Tlatelolco, where in 1968 striking university students clashed with the state; the Monument to the Revolution, commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910; and the shopping mall Centro Comercial Forum Buenavista, symbolizing Mexico’s embeddedness in transnational post-industrial capitalism.

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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

Forma:Brazil, Geraldo de Barros and Lygia Pape

March 20, 2001

This exhibition presented the work of two pioneering abstract artists from the early years of concrete and neo-concrete art, a period in the 1940s and 1950s, in which Brazilian artists developed ideas from the European avant-garde in an innovative and unique way. ... Read More

Geneviève Cadieux

December 05, 2000

Americas Society presented an exhibition of works by Geneviève Cadieux, a Canadian contemporary artist. The artist created a compelling body of photographic works whose subjects were nature, the human body, and relationships between the sexes. ... Read More

Lawren Stewart Harris: a Painter’s Progress

September 05, 2000

Lawren Stewart Harris: a Painter’s Progress constituted the first full-scale retrospective of Harris’s oeuvre anywhere since 1963. Forty-six paintings traced a career that spanned six decades and was defined by a truly modernist commitment to experimentation and the idea of art as a constant progression ... Read More

Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series

June 07, 1999

Curated by France Gascon, Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series comprised of sixty-five photographs in both color and black-and-white of Gutsche’s recent work. The show was a photographic study of the monastic life of cloistered nuns in Quebec. ... Read More

Gerardo Suter: Labyrinth of Memory

February 10, 1999

Gerardo Suter, one of Latin America's most important contemporary photographers was the subject of this mid-career survey of a dozen years of his work, which ranged 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 combined photography with video and performance elements. ... Read More

El Alma del Pueblo: Spanish Folk Art and its Transformation in the Americas

September 18, 1998

This major exhibition vividly documented the deep and long-lasting influence that Spanish folk art exerted on the popular aesthetic of the Americas, displaying ceremonial objects, masks, and elements of private devotion like family altars and votive paintings, decorative folk art objects of diverse media, and numerous domestic objects. ... 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.

House of Miracles: Votive Sculpture from Northeastern Brazil

Thursday, August 31, 1989

This exhibition catalogue explores the vibrant folk art tradition of carved wood and ceramic ex-votos in rural Brazil. Ex-votos are representations of miraculous cures, or the ailments that have been cured, offered in shrines and churches to give thanks for divine intervention in personal difficulties. The catalogue  includes essays by Fatima Bercht and Lelia Coelho Frota. ... Read More

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