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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.

Now in our gallery: Alice Miceli  Projeto Chernobyl. The gallery will be closed November 28–30 and December 25–January 4 for the holidays.

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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Current Exhibition

Alice Miceli: Projeto Chernobyl

October 9, 2019 through January 25, 2020

This exhibition presents Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl (Chernobyl Project), a series of 30 radiographs produced in 2006–2010. Miceli developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986. Though gamma radiation continues to be present and to cause health problems and deaths in the area, it is invisible to the naked eye and to traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the region’s ruins. With Projeto Chernobyl, Miceli made this contamination visible via direct contact between the radiation and film, which was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months at a time. Both technically and conceptually complex, Miceli’s work questions our ideas of vision, memory, politics, and environmental issues.

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

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

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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, 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; 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.

Abstract Attitudes: Waltercio Caldas

Monday, April 30, 1984

This is the catalogue of the Brazilian conceptual artist, Waltercio Caldas, which accompanied the exhibition Abstract Attitudes. The catalogue includes a bilingual (English/Portuguese) essay by Paulo Vendncio Filho and was copublished by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. ... Read More

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