El Dorado: Myths of Gold

El Dorado: Myths of Gold Catalog


El Dorado: Myths of Gold Exhibition Catalog

By By Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Tie Jojima, and Edward J. Sullivan

This is a publication released to accompany an Americas Society exhibition exploring the legend as a foundational myth of the Americas.

El Dorado: Myths of Gold Exhibition Catalog

By Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Tie Jojima, and Edward J. Sullivan

This fully illustrated catalog accompanies the two-part group exhibition at Americas Society El Dorado: Myths of Gold, exploring the legend of El Dorado as a foundational myth of the Americas. The exhibition presents more than sixty artists, from the pre-Hispanic period to the contemporary era, that challenge, reinforce, and question the continuity and effects of the myth in the Americas into the present. 

Table of contents: 

  • Foreword by Susan Segal 
  • Introduction by Aimé Iglesias Lukin 
  • El Dorado: Myths of Gold by Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Tie Jojima, and Edward J. Sullivan
  • Gold, Value, and the Body 
  • Religion and Transcendence
  • Maps and Territory 
  • Extraction and Wealth 
  • List of Contributors 
  • Acknowledgments 

Price: $25. Purchase the catalogue

To accompany this exhibition, Americas Society will publish a reader on El Dorado featuring essays by more than fourteen scholars as well as primary sources. This new anthology will be published in early 2024. 

Artists in the show include: Olga de Amaral, Denilson Baniwa, Bruno Baptistelli, Andrés Bedoya, Charles Bentley, Juan Brenner, Fernando Bryce, Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Leda Catunda, Chiriquí artist, Coclé artists, william cordova, Juan Covelli, Covens & Mortier, Theodor De Bry, Dario Escobar, Scherezade Garcia, Anna Bella Geiger, Mathias Goeritz, Joaquín Gutiérrez, Thomas Hariot, John Harris, Pablo Helguera, Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Alfredo Jaar, Nancy La Rosa & Juan Salas Carreño, Lambayeque artist, Jaime Lauriano, Mariano León, Hew Locke, Karen Lofgren, Juan Pedro López, Liliana Maresca, Esperanza Mayobre, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Ana María Millán, Marta Minujín, Herman Moll, Priscilla Monge, Santiago Montoya, Carlos Motta, Eamon Ore-Giron, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Ebony G. Patterson, Rolando Peña, José Antonio Peñaloza, Armando Queiroz, Ronny Quevedo, Mazenett Quiroga, Quimbaya style artist, Freddy Rodríguez, Carlos Rojas, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Luis Romero, Harmonia Rosales, Johann Moritz Rugendas, Tiago Sant’Ana, Julia Santos Solomon, Vicente Telles, Pedro Terán, Ernest Charton de Treville, Moara Tupinambá, Veraguas artist, Laura Vinci, and Alberta Whittle


The presentation of El Dorado and related programming has been made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

Additional support was provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Since 2020, Americas Society, Fundación PROA, and Museo Amparo have been joining efforts to conceptualize and bring to life the Project El Dorado, resulting in a convening, as well as a series of publications and exhibitions different for each institution (Proa 2023, Amparo 2024).

Americas Society acknowledges the generous support from the Arts of the Americas Circle members: Amalia Amoedo, Almeida e Dale Galeria de Arte, Estrellita B. Brodsky, Virginia Cowles Schroth, Emily A. Engel, Isabella Hutchinson, Carolina Jannicelli, Diana López and Herman Sifontes, Antonio Murzi, Gabriela Pérez Rocchietti, Marco Pappalardo and Cintya Poletti Pappalardo, Carolina Pinciroli, Erica Roberts, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Sharon Schultz, and Edward J. Sullivan.

El Dorado: Myths of Gold

The group exhibition on the legend of El Dorado as a foundational myth of the Americas ran from January 24 through May 18, 2024.