Three Museums in the US with strong ties with Latin American artists

Posted on Apr - 02 - 2019

Although the current relationship between the United States and Latin America is not at its best, to say the least, the influence between the two regions in undeniable. The presence of Latin American artists in the US has had significant importance and as such deserves the attention of institutions and a place to be acknowledged and exhibited to younger generations. Here are three museums dedicates or with strong ties to Latin American art. 


Museum of Latin American Art

Founded in 1966 by Dr Robert Gumbiner, MOLAA as it’s more likely know tops this list as a museum dedicated only to Latin American and Latino Art. Located in East Village Arts District and set in a renovated silent film studio as well as what was one a roller-skating rink the building itself has become art itself. The museum runs exciting and engaging exhibitions year long, showcasing the works of only Latin American and Latino artists, and holding events, workshops and talks. The museum has become influential in the Latin American community in the U.S. as many people have been linked to its endeavors such as Celia S. de Birbragher, founder and director of ArtNexus.

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Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami

Although the museum doesn’t just exhibit Latin American art, it plays a big part in representing many artists from the regions, and especially with its strong bond with Cuban artists. Since its relocation in 2013 in Downtown Miamis' Museum Park in Biscayne Boulevard, it harbors over 2000 international art of the 20th and 21st century within its state-of-the-art building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. In 2018, it launched the Latin American and Latinx Art Fund to support exhibitions by artists of that region. Among Latin American artists that have been exhibited there include big names like Firelei Baez, Carlos Motta, Doris Salcedo, Julio LeParc and upcoming exhibitions of Beatriz Gonzalez and Teresita Fernandez, among others.

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El Museo del Barrio, New York 

Celebrating its 50th this year, El Museo del Barrio, often referred to as “el Museo”, is the oldest museum in the United States devoted to Latino art. Originally it was conceived by a coalition of artists, educators and artists that wanted to create a space for the marginalized Puerto Rican community in New York. Throughout the years, it expanded to include the Latin American community as well as increasing the visibility of other minorities. Many great artists have graced the halls of this museum, most recently Liliana Porter and the upcoming Culture and People: El Museo del Barrio 1969-2019. 

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

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