Latino art conquers New York – El Sol de México

Some of the most important museums in the city of New York such as the MoMa, centers such as the Rockefeller and emblematic squares of the city of skyscrapers have been enveloped by Latin American art.

The curator of the exhibition of the Mexican platform MASA, Su Wu, explained that they mainly look for artists and designers who are dedicated to making works that reveal hidden stories.

Almost a century ago there was a frustrated project by the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera for this center, which was called “Man at the crossroads”, and today this platform in the Mexican capital that exhibits in New York is responsible for investigating and exploring the long history creative and intellectual exchange between Mexico and the United States.

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The curator of this exhibition stated that it reflects her efforts to present design with conceptual and emotional resonance that transcends geographical borders.

According to the AFP agency, one of the most recurring themes of Latino artists based in the United States is usually immigration, the indigenous worldview, feminism, and the environment. An example is the Salvadoran Guadalupe Maravilla, who has exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).

The Mexican Pablo León de la Barra, who is the curator of Latin American painting at the Guggenheim, explained that these issues are treated because of the difficult contexts from which they come or because they are a minority in the American country.


The director and curator of visual arts of the Americas Society, Aimé Iglesias, said that this offer corresponds to a geographical distribution where the presence of Latinos is present and that it is increasingly important not only in the city but throughout the American nation. . To give strength to her point, the Argentine expressed that there are more and more spaces for artists from these groups, and that this is because the museums are already paying more attention.

In 2020, the United States had 62.3 million Latinos, who represented 19 percent of the population, a fact that for the Mexican León de la Barra, tells us that it is time for the institutions to begin to recognize it and also to reduce the asymmetries in the programming of exhibitions, personnel and power structures.

In the 1960s, New York became a new center for experimental international art to the detriment of Paris, and that was when the presence of artists and Latin art began to grow in this city. Prestigious museums such as the MoMa or the Guggenheim began to present exhibitions of Latino artists, even the Guggenheim had a scholarship program in which artists of great caliber were beneficiaries.

Nowadays, the cultural offer of Latinos is completed by the sculptures of all people with great talent and their main objective is to send a message and reaffirm that they are present and on the edge of the seat.

The famous Museo del Barrio was the first institution of great Latino weight in New York, proposing a retrospective of its creator, the Puerto Rican Raphael Montañez Ortíz, a central figure in post-war American art.

Another proof that Latin art is already taking center stage here is the city’s international contemporary art fair, which will have a section dedicated to Latin art for the first time.

In this regard, Iglesias expressed that he hopes that this is not just a fashion, but a sustainable, supportive and above all permanent work.

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