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Visual Arts at Americas Society

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Now in our gallery: Feliciano Centurión  Abrigo

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS PAST EVENTS   

In Discussion: Ulises Carrión – Art, Mail, Books, and So…

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:30pm | New York
Webcast Available

Americas Society director and chief curator will moderate a panel with experts on March 2 to discuss the exhibition Ulises Carrión: The Big Monster. ... Read More

In Discussion: "I Am Reborn at Every Moment" – Contemporary Reflections on Feliciano Centurión and AIDS 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:30pm | New York
Webcast Available

Americas Society and Visual AIDS will cohost a panel on March 5 with experts to discuss contemporary responses to AIDS in relation to Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión's work. ... Read More

In Discussion: Curator's Perspective – Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 4:00pm | New York

Americas Society will host a discussion on March 7 with the curator of the 34th Bien de São Paulo opening in September, 2020, on his vision behind the Bienal. ... Read More

YPA Gallery Tour — Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm | New York

YPA will host a private tour of the Paraguayan artist's exhibition on March 19 with a cocktail reception afterwards. ... Read More

Current exhibition

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

February 14, through May 16, 2020

Curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.

Americas Society is pleased to invite you to the first solo exhibition of Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión in the United States, curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Centurión created textile works engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of vernacular objects such as blankets and aprons, Centurión rendered poetic readings of his youth in the tropics, his love experiences in the metropolis, and his spiritual reflections before his untimely death due to AIDS-related illness.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Also on display

February 14, through May 16, 2020

The newly launched Flag Series presents public artworks on 68th Street, furthering the program’s commitment to engaging the New York and Latin American art communities. The inaugural flag, Amarica: Todas invertidas by Esvin Alarcón Lam—born in Guatemala in 1988—incorporates a version of each national flag from Latin America and the Caribbean washed in pink. The work’s title references to Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García’s iconic drawing of the Americas that situates the south at the top of the map, subverting notions of center and periphery. Alarcón Lam reunites the whole continent through a new “inversion,” and employs the color pink to highlight LGBT+ pride and activism.

Learn more about the flag series.


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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl

October 09, 2019

On view October 9, 2019 through January 25, 2020, the exhibition presents a series of 30 radiographs produced in 2006–2010 by the Brazilian artist. ... Read More

Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For

February 13, 2019

On view February 13–May 4, 2019, this exhibition brings together for the first time the distinct, yet intertwined bodies of work created by two Costa Rican artists from different generations, questioning normative ideas of masculinity and femininity in Latin American cultures. ... Read More

José Leonilson: Empty Man

September 27, 2017

In Fall 2017, Americas Society presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the key Brazilian artist, José Leonilson. ... 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 artgallery@as-coa.org.

The Arts of the Americas Circle 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, 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; Diana Fane; Isabella Hutchinson; Carolina Jannicelli; Vivian Pfeiffer and Jeanette van Campenhout, Phillips; Luis Oganes; Roberto Redondo; Erica Roberts; Sharon Schultz; Herman Sifontes; and Edward J. Sullivan.

For more information about the Arts of the Americas Circle, please contact artgallery@as-coa.org.

 

 

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

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