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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

Walls of Air: The Brazilian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale

On view June 12–August 3, 2019

Walls of Air was created for the Brazilian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in May of 2018. Curated by Sol Camacho, Laura González Fierro, Gabriel Kozlowski, and Marcelo Maia Rosa, the exhibition attempts to uncover the visible and invisible walls that have built Brazil. It showcases several large-scale maps that weave together a narrative of issues that affect not only Brazil but also other countries in the Americas. The maps examine the borders of the country, the history of the foundation of its cities, the flows of people through migration, the fluxes of raw materials and commodities, the real estate market, and environmental questions.

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

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

Dias & Riedweg...and it becomes something else

May 12, 2009

Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg have worked together since 1993, developing a cohesive body of work that delves into the poetic as well as the critical potential of the moving image. Americas Society’s exhibition was their first solo show in the United States. ... 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 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.

The presentation of Walls of Air at Americas Society is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the generous support from the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and the Garcia Family Foundation.

Americas Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the Arts of the Americas Circle members: Estrellita Brodsky; Galeria Almeida e Dale; Kaeli Deane; Diana Fane; Isabella Hutchinson; Carolina Jannicelli; Vivian Pfeiffer and Jeanette van Campenhout, Phillips; Luis Oganes; Roberto Redondo; Erica Roberts; Sharon Schultz; Herman Sifontes; and Edward J. Sullivan.

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.

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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