Leandro Katz, Laura Márquez, Beba Damianovich, Friends, Amaro, Hélio Oiticica, Jon Tob Azulay, Susana Perea, and Ted Castle. Inwood Hill Park, Event for the Installation of Katz’s Columna I-Angualasto, 1971. Leandro Katz Archive.

Leandro Katz, Laura Márquez, Beba Damianovich, Friends, Amaro, Hélio Oiticica, Jon Tob Azulay, Susana Perea, and Ted Castle. Inwood Hill Park, Event for the Installation of Katz’s Columna I-Angualasto, 1971. (Leandro Katz Archive.)

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This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975

Edited by Aimé Iglesias Lukin and Karen Marta

Forthcoming January 2022.

This Must be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975 will be the first publication to tell the story of a key group of Latin American artists who moved to New York City in the late sixties. Published in the context of Americas Society’s exhibition “This Must Be the Place: Latin American artists in New York, 1965–1975,” compiles the testimonies of these artists in interviews and primary sources, putting forward the history of the period in the voice of their protagonists. This fully illustrated volume presents also archival material, photographs, images of artworks, sketches, and press clippings; many of it never seen before. The book will offer the reader a dynamic, candid, and, at the same time, historically rich perspective of sixties and seventies New York. This book is the first to highlight the contribution of this community of artists as crucial to shaping the city into the global art center it is today.

This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975 is a co-publication by Americas Society and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA). ISLAA advances scholarship and public engagement with art from Latin America through its program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and institutional partnerships. To learn more, visit islaa.org.

Table of Contents:

  • Forward, Susan Segal President and CEO, AS/COA 
  • Introduction, Aimé Iglesias Lukin 
  • Thematic Chapters
    • City as Medium/Urban Interventions
    • Forging Spaces/Costesting spaces
    • Performativity/Identity
    • Shared experiences
  • Artists Biographies
  • Bibliography

The presentation of This Must Be the Place is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by the Smart Family Foundation of New York, Fundación Ama Amoedo, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.

The release of the book This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975 is made possible by the support of our co-publisher, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).

Americas Society acknowledges the generous support from the Arts of the Americas Circle members: Estrellita B. Brodsky, Virginia Cowles Schroth, Emily A. Engel, Diana Fane, Galeria Almeida e Dale, Isabella Hutchinson, Carolina Jannicelli, Vivian Pfeiffer and Jeanette van Campenhout, Phillips, Gabriela Pérez Rocchietti, Erica Roberts, Diana López and Herman Sifontes, and Edward J. Sullivan.

  

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