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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

Witnesses of Time: Photographs by Flor Garduño

January 21, 1993

The approximately 100 images contained in the exhibit Witnesses of Time: Photographs by Flor Garduño conveyed a poetic and intimate vision of surviving indigenous communities in the Americas, particularly in rural areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. ... Read More

Wifredo Lam: A Retrospective of Works on Paper

September 18, 1992

Curated by Dr. Charles Merewther, the exhibition Wifredo Lam: A Retrospective of Works on Paper featured a selection of 76 extraordinary works on paper including drawings, prints, and books by the artist, who was born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba 1902, and who died in Paris in 1982. ... Read More

Barroco de la Nueva Granada: Colonial Art from Colombia and Ecuador

May 14, 1992

Barroco de la Nueva Granada: Colonial Art from Colombia and Ecuador, a didactive and visually exciting exhibition, focused on the major forms of artistic expression that flourished in colonial South America from the mid 1600s through the 1700s. Through a carefully selected group of objects, the exhibit examined the major stylistic traits, iconography and symbols of colonial Colombian and Ecuadorian painting and sculpture. ... Read More

Guamán Poma de Ayala: The Colonial Art of an Andean Author

January 01, 1992

This exhibit included reproductions of 100 of the 380 drawings that Guamán Poma created for his 1,188 page Nueva corónica. Written by a native Andean in early colonial Peru, Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, the Nueva corónica was a letter addressed to King Philip III of Spain to inform him about affairs in Peru and to urge better government of his colony. ... Read More

Faces of Eternity: Masks of the Pre-Columbian Americas

September 18, 1991

The exhibition, curated by Dr. N.C. Christopher Couch, featured a selection of 83 outstanding examples of masks of precious metals, stone, ceramic, shell, and wood – as well as ceramic and stone sculptures depicting masked warriors and performers – from major museums and lesser-known collections of Pre-Columbian art in the United States and Latin America. ... Read More

Contemporary Art from Chile

February 07, 1991

This exhibition presented recent works by Chilean artists Gonzalo Díaz, Virginia Errázuriz, Gonzalo Mezza, Alicia Villarreal, and Enrique Zamudio. It was the first museum-quality exhibition of contemporary Chilean art to be presented in the United States in over a decade. ... Read More

Aspects of Contemporary Mexican Painting

September 13, 1990

This exhibition was significant in that it focused on aspects of Mexican painting that had not been fully explored in previous exhibitions. Principal among these were the re-interpretation of Mexican identity, as well as the intense inward scrutiny of the artists’ individuality. ... Read More

The Book in the Americas

January 15, 1990

The exhibition featured a selection of rare, important books manufactured during the Colonial period in Latin America and New England. ... 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.

Ron Martin and Henry Saxe

Tuesday, January 31, 1978

This exhibition catalogue features the work of Canadian painter Ron Martin and sculptor Henry Saxe and includes essays by Pierre Théberge and bilingual (English, French) statements by Martin and Saxe. It was  published by The National Gallery of Canada. ... Read More

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