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Americas Society Art Gallery reopens to the public on September 30 and Americas Society members will be able to visit starting September 23.

Currently on view Feliciano Centurión  Abrigo

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo at Americas a Society. Photo by

We have extended Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo until November 20, 2020.

Beginning September 30, our Visual Arts gallery will be open. Those who wish to visit the gallery can make a reservation via the form below for a one-hour time slots from Wednesday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. for groups of up to six people. Walk-in visits will only be possible as capacity at the time allows. See our health and safety guidelines.

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Please contact or call 212-277-8367 with any questions. 

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The Visual Arts program boasts the longest-standing space in the United States dedicated to exhibiting and promoting art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Since the mid-1960s, Americas Society has been producing both historical and contemporary exhibitions, publications, as well as public and educational programs, featuring outstanding artists, curators, critics, and scholars. Promoting a plural view of culture from the continent, Americas Society has achieved a unique and renowned leadership position in the field.

680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-8950
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Take the  train to 68th Street/Hunter College or the  and  train to Lexington Ave/63rd Street. We are located on the northwest corner of East 68th Street and Park Avenue.

Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl at Americas Society. Photo by

Americas Society series of public programs takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, gathering scholars, artists, critics, and curators. Americas Society presents an average of 20 programs every year, many in collaboration with other cultural organizations.

The new series or public programs is organized around five major themes:

IN DISCUSSION: Panels and conversations about art from the Americas, adopting interdisciplinary perspectives on the latest developments in the region
IN THE STUDIO: Dialogues between Latin American contemporary artists and critics and curators
IN PRINT: Presentation of art-related publications, including books, magazines, and fanzines.
IN FOCUS: Screenings of video art, art-related documentaries, and films from the Americas. Many will include a talk with the artist or director and a scholar to discuss the film.
IN SITU: Panel discussions and conversations between experts and general audiences about contemporary architectural models and discourses, promoting a dialogue between architecture and the world at large (curated by architects Laura González Fierro and Agustin Schang)

We welcome proposals that fall within the scope of these new series. Please contact to submit your proposals. 

In the Studio: Dialogues with Contemporary Artists

VA's weekly Instagram Live series invites artists to contribute their work and ideas. Read more




In Situ: Conversations on Architecture and Beyond

Visual Arts' new series of weekly Instagram posts invites architects and thinkers to contribute their spatial ideas and thoughts around the inside, the outside, and the in-between space(s). Read more




Current exhibitions

Americas Society Art Gallery reopens to the public on September 30 and Americas Society members will be able to visit starting September 23.


Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

February 14—November 20

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.





Flag Series: Esvin Alarcón Lam - Amarica: Todas invertidas

February 14—November 20

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.

Past Exhibitions

Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series

June 07, 1999

Curated by France Gascon, Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series comprised of sixty-five photographs in both color and black-and-white of Gutsche’s recent work. The show was a photographic study of the monastic life of cloistered nuns in Quebec. ... Read More

Gerardo Suter: Labyrinth of Memory

February 10, 1999

Gerardo Suter, one of Latin America's most important contemporary photographers was the subject of this mid-career survey of a dozen years of his work, which ranged from early photographs of enigmatic landscapes and ruins, to larger prints of more dramatic tableaux featuring nude figures with masks and other props, to recent monumental installations that combined photography with video and performance elements. ... Read More

El Alma del Pueblo: Spanish Folk Art and its Transformation in the Americas

September 18, 1998

This major exhibition vividly documented the deep and long-lasting influence that Spanish folk art exerted on the popular aesthetic of the Americas, displaying ceremonial objects, masks, and elements of private devotion like family altars and votive paintings, decorative folk art objects of diverse media, and numerous domestic objects. ... Read More

The True Poetry: The Art of María Izquierdo

May 06, 1997

This exhibition focused on the development of artist María Izquierdo’s pictorial vocabulary drawn from her interest in the Mexican landscape, the still life, portraiture, and self-portraiture. The exhibition demonstrated the complex manner in which Izquierdo drew as much from her artistic milieu as from European movements such as Surrealism. ... Read More

Embodied Abstraction

February 05, 1997

This exhibition highlighted three significant young artists living and working in New York. In varying ways, their painting, sculpture, and drawing reflected the remarkable resilience and relevance that abstract modes of expression maintained at the end of the modernist century. ... Read More

New World Orders: Casta Painting and Colonial Latin America

September 26, 1996

Casta (caste) paintings were produced in Latin America in the eighteenth century to depict the mixing of the major racial groups-- Indians, Spaniards, and Africans-- that inhabited Spain’s colonies in the New World. This was the first exhibition on this subject to be organized by a cultural institution in the United States. ... Read More


Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl at Americas Society. Photo by

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

Private tour by Inés Katzenstein and Karen Grimson of Sur Moderno: Journeys of Abstraction at The Museum of Modern Art, November 2019.

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

For more information about the Arts of the Americas Circle, please contact



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

House of Miracles: Votive Sculpture from Northeastern Brazil

Thursday, August 31, 1989

This exhibition catalogue explores the vibrant folk art tradition of carved wood and ceramic ex-votos in rural Brazil. Ex-votos are representations of miraculous cures, or the ailments that have been cured, offered in shrines and churches to give thanks for divine intervention in personal difficulties. The catalogue  includes essays by Fatima Bercht and Lelia Coelho Frota. ... Read More