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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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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.

Past Exhibitions

Cristóbal Lehyt: Iris Sheets

September 10, 2013

The Fall 2013 exhibition offers site-specific installations by the Chilean artist that call into question perceptions of sight and space. ... Read More

For Rent: Marc Latamie

May 15, 2012

In his first solo exhibition in the United States, artist Marc Latamie reflected on the colonial trade and cultural exchange between Martinique and France. ... Read More

Observed: Milagros de la Torre

February 08, 2012

The artist’s first monographic show in New York, Milagros de la Torre's Observed comprised of stark, object-based images, examining contemporary issues related to violence, memory, and the socio-political construction of identity. ... Read More

Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent!

September 15, 2011

In Antonio Manuel's first solo exhibition in the Unites States, the show focused on his preeminent role in the development of the groundbreaking neo-avant-garde movement that emerged in Rio de Janeiro during the 1960s. ... 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 Carolina Scarborough at cscarborough@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 Carolina Scarborough at cscarborough@as-coa.org.

 

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

Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The publication Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! is produced in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition held at Americas Society’s Art Gallery. This catalogue features reproductions of Antonio Manuel’s artwork from the 1960s and 70s, in which he manipulates images appropriated from the mass media, explores performance and video art techniques, and reinterprets the human body itself as a vehicle for art. ... Read More

Arturo Herrera: Les Noces (The Wedding)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Americas Society released a fully illustrated publication about the exhibition Arturo Herrera: Les Noces (The Wedding), which explored the relationship between abstraction, animation, modern dance, and music. The catalogue features essays by Nuit Banai, Lynn Garafalo, and Gabriela Rangel, as well as interviews with Herrera, Christopher Newton, and Dame Monica Mason. ... Read More

Tiempos Violentos / Shattered Glass

Monday, November 8, 2010

Americas Society is pleased to announce the December 9 presentation by Americas Society Visual Arts Director Gabriela Rangel of the Tiempos Violentos/Shattered Glass catalague at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. This bilingual publication includes essays by guest curators Bertha Aguilar, Alejandra Olvera and Sandra Zetina. It is also fully illustrated and presents over 75 color images, including all the pieces exhibited as well as many others. ... Read More

The Painted Photographs of Melvin Charney: Between Observation and Intervention

Friday, July 31, 2009

Melvin Charney has worked extensively on the frontier of art and architecture, making photographs, sculptures, installations, constructions, and gardens that take the city itself as a measure of our urban condition. A keen observer of the built world we inhabit, his work is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of architecture—its theory, history, and current practice—as well as his overall understanding of cities themselves. ... Read More

Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology from the Domeyko Cassel Collection

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology from the Domeyko Cassel Collection examines an indigenous group barely known outside of South America. Gathering a number of important artifacts and curated Thomas Dillehay, the exhibition catalogue showcases Mapuche silverware, drums, textiles, and masks as means to explore the Mapuche social and religious worldview. ... Read More

Carlos Cruz-Diez: (In)Formed by Color

Sunday, August 31, 2008

One of the finest exponents of Latin American Kinetic and Op art, the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is a legend among contemporaries such as Jesus Soto and Alejandro Otero. In 2008, the Americas Society orchestrated Cruz-Diez's first solo exhibition in the United States, for which Carlos Cruz Diez: InFormed by Color is the exhibition catalogue—the first comprehensive publication in English devoted to the artist. ... Read More

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