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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
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. 

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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

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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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.

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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