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This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975

By Luisa Leme and Sophia Mancilla

Take a closer look at an exhibition exploring the work of a generation of immigrant artists who revolutionized the city's art scene.

This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975 portrays the work of a generation of immigrant artists whose work revolutionized New York’s art scene. 

In this video, artists represented in the exhibition reflect on their experiences arriving in New York City during the early days of the neo-avant-garde, a broad set of artistic movements that highlighted minimalism and abstraction through mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, and live performance.

“No museums yet—it was so experimental,” recalls artist Raquel Rabinovich. Decades later, some pieces are on display for the very first time at Americas Society's 680 Park Ave gallery. 

While the artists come from a distinct racial, social, and economic backgrounds, their shared experience of arriving in New York offers a cohesive narrative seen in the artwork itself. Americas Society Visual Arts Director and Chief Curator Aimé Iglesias Lukin observes: “What you do see is a common sense of trying to build a space ... a space that New York wasn't necessarily allowing.”

Part II of the exhibition runs from February 2 through May 14, 2022.

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