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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 Ask For What You Want

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 4:30pm | New York

Curator Miguel A. López and the artists Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge introduce the new Americas Society exhibition. ... Read More

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:30pm | New York

Curated by Miguel A. López, this exhibition brings together for the first time the distinct, yet intertwined bodies of work created by two Costa Rican artists from different generations. ... Read More

Book  Launch of The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm | New York

The program examines one of Mexico’s first modern art and literary movements in a discussion between the author Lynda Klich, Luis Carranza, and Mary Coffey. ... Read More

Panel Discussion: From Global Feminisms to Radical Women – Building a Feminist Archive

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:30pm | New York

Museums have provided a record of feminist art making strategies. Speakers will discuss how Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge are part of this dialogue. ... Read More

Panel Discussion: Networks of Experimental Photography

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:30pm | New York

The discussion will aim to situate Costa Rican artist Victoria Cabezas within the development of experimental photography and feminism since the 1970s. ... Read More

Upcoming Exhibition

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

On view February 13–May 4, 2019

Curated by Miguel A. López, codirector and curator of TEOR/éTica (San José, Costa Rica), this exhibition brings together for the first time the distinct, yet intertwined bodies of work created by two Costa Rican artists from different generations: Victoria Cabezas (b. 1950) and Priscilla Monge (b. 1968). Each of them is acknowledged as a major figure within her respective generation. Both artists investigate their own subjectivity in relation to social-political economies, sexual violence, and gender roles and stereotypes. They question the perception of the body as well as normative ideas of masculinity and femininity in Latin American cultures.

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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 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

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

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 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.

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