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Visual Arts at Americas Society

Arts and Culture

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
View a map of this location.

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. 


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

 

 

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

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

Lola Álvarez Bravo: In Her Own Light

January 17, 1996

Lola Álvarez Bravo: In Her Own Light was the first significant presentation of the artist’s work in the United States. The exhibition featured 75 of the most stirring and impressive works produced during many stages of her working life. ... Read More

Visions of Light and Air: Canadian Impressionism, 1885-1920

September 27, 1995

This major exhibition focused on the development and history of Impressionism as practiced by Canadian artists working in their native country and abroad, between 1885 and 1920.                                                                       ... Read More

Tomie Ohtake: Recent Paintings, 1989-1994

April 26, 1995

This was an exhibition of Tomie Ohtake’s large-scale abstract paintings. The Japanese born artist was a leading figure in post-war Brazilian art, developing her career parallel to Abstract Expressionism in the United States and becoming a decisive figure in forging the character of Brazilian painting after the mid-century. ... Read More

Still Life: The Body as Object in Contemporary Photography

February 28, 1995

This exhibition featured the work of artists from various parts of the Americas, all of whom used non-traditional modes of photography in order to explore the theme of the body and interpret the human form as a site of ritual, meditation, or transcendental exploration. ... Read More

Visions of Modernity: Photographs from the Peruvian Andes, 1900-1930

June 09, 1994

This exhibition featured some 100 black-and-white photographs by the leading practitioners of the medium working in the southern Andes in the first decades of the twentieth century. These works presented a vibrant image of a nation at the dawn of the modern era – a period in Peru of economic prosperity, social progress and general optimism. ... 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.

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

Realism and Latin American Paintings: 1970s

Thursday, January 31, 1980

This bilingual exhibition catalogue by Lawrence Alloway examines the work of twelve realist and photorealist painters: Carlos Arnaiz, Ever Astudillo, Claudio Bravo, Santiago Cárdenas, Bill Caro, Gregorio Cuartas, Julio Larraz, Darío Morales, Oscar Muñioz, Saturnino Ramirez, Emilio Sánchez, Antonio Seguí. Co-published by the Museo de Monterrey, Mexico. ... Read More

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