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Visual Arts at Americas Society

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For the health and safety of our staff and guests, the Americas Society Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

Currently on view Feliciano Centurión  Abrigo

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo at Americas a Society. Photo by OnWhiteWall.com

The Visual Arts program boasts the longest-standing space in the U.S. 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.

The gallery is free and open to the public.
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12–6 p.m.

Address:
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 OnWhiteWall.com

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 artgallery@as-coa.org to submit your proposals. 

UPCOMING EVENTS PAST EVENTS   

Current exhibitions

For the health and safety of our staff and guests, beginning at 6:00 p.m. March 13, the Americas Society Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

 

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

February 14—

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—

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

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

For Rent: Consuelo Castañeda

May 17, 2011

For Rent: Consuelo Castañeda was the first of three exhibitions devoted to mid-career artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada to be presented annually from 2011 to 2013 by Americas Society’s Visual Arts program in our gallery. ... Read More

Arturo Herrera: Les Noces (The Wedding)

February 03, 2011

Americas Society introduced Arturo Herrera’s groundbreaking installation Les Noces, the artist’s first work to incorporate music and moving images to New York audiences. Herrera is internationally renowned for his explorations of a wide variety of different media, including collage, sculpture, photography, prints, and video. ... Read More

Marta Minujín: MINUCODEs

March 02, 2010

Marta Minujín’s Minucode (1968) explored social codes in four groups of leading figures in the arts, business, fashion, and politics in New York. MINUCODEs revisited that project more than 40 years later. Using recovered footage and documents, the exhibition shed light on the original mythical event. ... Read More

Fernell Franco: Amarrados [Bound]

September 17, 2009

Fernell Franco (Cali 1942-2006) is considered one of the few photographers who developed a distinct lyrical view of the shift towards modernity in Latin America. The exhibition Fernell Franco: Amarrados [Bound] is focused on the homonymous series comprising large-scale black and white photographs developed by Franco in the early 1980s. ... Read More

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Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl at Americas Society. Photo by OnWhiteWall.com

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.

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 artgallery@as-coa.org.

 

 

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

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

Reproducing Nations: Types and Costumes in Asia and Latin America ca. 1800-1860

Friday, March 31, 2006

This innovative exhibition explores the descriptive tradition of "costumbrismo" as it developed in South America in the first half of the nineteenth century. The catalogue focuses on the cultural responses opened up by trade and commerce in the nineteenth century, and also traces the broad circulation of costume books, prints, and watercolors within South America, Asia, and Europe. ... Read More

José Gurvich: Constructive Imagination

Friday, September 30, 2005

This is the catalogue of the first solo institutional exhibition of Uruguayan artist José Gurvich in New York. This important exhibition of paintings, drawings, and ceramics, produced between 1957 and 1973, examines Gurvich’s role in the School of the South as a student of Joaquin Torres-García and an exponent of constructivism nationally and internationally. ... Read More

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