MFAH to Launch Digital Archive of Critical Documents Relating to Latin-American Art

Courtesy Alma Mérida
Cover for Carlos Mérida's 1953 exhibition "La Pintura en su estado actual," held at Mexico City's Galería de Arte Mexicano.
The Museum of Fine Arts and its International Center for the Arts on the Americas has announced the initial launch of a 10,000-plus document-rich online archive of materials related to 20th-century Latin American art. The archive, which was is the result of work by hundreds of researchers in 16 cities in the United States and Latin America. The launch will begin in January, when 2,500 documents from Mexico, Argentina and the American Midwest will be made available. According to a release, the archive "is intended as a catalyst for the future of a field that has been notoriously lacking in accessible resources."

The archive will include artists' writings, such as letters, as well as clippings from newspapers and period journals. The launch will coincide with the publication of the first in a 13-volume series of books, Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, in which archive selections will be translated and organized by theme instead of country or time period.

The archive will be available to the public for free.

"Latin American art can now fully become part of the worldwide discussion of Modernism," Edward Sullivan, The Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art at New York University and advisor to the project, said in the release.

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