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Visual Arts at Americas Society

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Americas Society Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions and materials. Our staff is not authorized to receive or review artist or exhibition proposals.

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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Panel Discussion on Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 4:00pm | New York

To mark the opening of Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, cocurators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza, along with artist Julie Mehretu, will discuss Americas Society's new exhibition in a panel moderated by Gabriela Rangel.   ... Read More

Exhibition Opening of Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:30pm | New York

Join Americas Society's Visual Arts for the October 9 opening of their exhibition focusing on the ideas developed by the prominent Caribbean thinkers. ... Read More

Panel Discussion: Lydia Cabrera in the Archipelago

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm | New York

Join Visual Arts at Americas Society for a panel October 16 with scholars discussing the Cuban writer-ethnographer in relation to the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking. ... Read More

Book Launch of The Properties of Lights: Luis Barragán and Fred Sandback

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm | New York

Free Admission. Registration link will be shared soon.

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Film Screening of Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation by Manthia Diawara

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:30pm | New York

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director and Asad Raza.  ... Read More

Symposium on Édouard Glissant's "Tout Monde: Transnational Perspectives"
 

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm | New York

CUNY's Graduate Center is gathering artists and scholars influenced by Édouard Glissant, the Caribbean thinker born in Sante-Marie, Martinique. ... Read More

Conversation and Book Launch with Tania Bruguera and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:30pm | New York

Artist Tania Bruguera and Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking. ... Read More

Upcoming Exhibition

Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking

On view October 9, 2018–January 12, 2019

Lydia Cabrera and Èdouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking focuses on the ideas developed by the prominent Caribbean thinkers Lydia Cabrera (Havana, 1899–Miami, 1991) and Èdouard Glissant (Sainte-Marie, Martinique, 1928–Paris, 2011) and an archipelago of modern and contemporary artists whose works respond to their notions of identity. Artists include: Etel Adnan, Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Manthia Diawara, Mestre Didi, Melvin Edwards, Simone Fattal, Sylvie Glissant, Koo Jeong A, Wifredo Lam, Marc Latamie, Roberto Matta, Julie Mehretu, Philippe Parreno, Amelia Peláez, Asad Raza, Anri Sala, Antonio Seguí, Diamond Stingily, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Jack Whitten, and Pedro Zylbersztajn.

This exhibition is cocurated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gabriela Rangel, and Asad Raza.

Learn more about the exhibition.

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

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 Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator Diana Flatto: dflatto@as-coa.org

The Arts of the Americas Circle, chaired by Erica Roberts and Boris Hirmas, 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 lead by Gabriela Rangel, 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, Phillips; Diana Fane; Boris Hirmas; Isabella Hutchinson; Carolina Jannicelli; Roberto Redondo and Carlos Manso; Erica Roberts; Sharon Schultz; Herman Sifontes; Axel Stein, Sotheby’s; Edward J. Sullivan; and Juan Yarur Torres.

For more information about the Arts of the Americas Circle, please contact Diana Flatto: dflatto@as-coa.org

 

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

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