Latin Art in New York City is in museums, galleries, art fairs, parks, and on the street. We have some Latin art institutions, and many that show some Latin art.
New York City has several art districts. Chelsea is the latest. The Lower East Side is up-and-coming. SoHo is commercial art and photography. 57th Street is big time. The Upper East Side has Museum Mile, high-end Madison Avenue galleries, and Old Masters galleries.
Thursday is NYC’s main art gallery opening night. It’s fun to walk around the Chelsea art district from 6-8pm. The art is great and so is the people watching. It’s a great date.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, Central Park 🇮🇹 🇪🇸
JEWISH MUSEUM, Upper East Side, Manhattan ~ “Everything is Art” 🇦🇷 🇮🇱
SOTHEBY’S, Upper East Side ~ One of the collections that defined 20th-century art narratives comes to market. 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
PARK AVENUE ARMORY, Upper East Side. 🇺🇸 🇦🇷 🇨🇴 🇲🇽
JAVITS CENTER, Hudson Yards ~ Over 90 exhibitors show many Latin fine art prints and editions. 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇫🇷 🇯🇲 🇲🇽 🇳🇬 🇪🇸 🇵🇷 🇻🇪
NYC Art Venues
Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery 🇺🇸
Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism 🇫🇷
Africa & Byzantium 🇪🇬 🇪🇹
Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche 🇮🇹 🎄
The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Moderism 🇺🇸
Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion 🇺🇸
Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection 🇺🇸
Victorian Masterpieces from the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
The African Origin of Civilization 🇧🇯 🇨🇩 🇪🇬 🇨🇮 🇬🇭 🇲🇱 🇬🇳 🇳🇬 🇸🇸
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room 🇺🇸
CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan
Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! conceptual art 🇦🇷 🇮🇱
UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan
Emily Fisher Landau Collection 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
Modern Auctions 🇫🇷 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
Now Auctions 🇺🇸 🇧🇷 🇪🇹 🇿🇦 🇬🇧
Contemporary Auctions 🇺🇸 🇦🇷 🇫🇷 🇭🇹 🇮🇱 🇵🇷
UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan
New York art fairs and important gallery exhibitions cluster around Frieze Week in May and Armory Week in September.
The Art Show (ADAA) brings America’s top galleries to New York City.
The NYC Art Scene
New York City is the world art capital, and the world capital of Latin art.
NYC Latin Art Museums
National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian, exhibits one of the great collections of Indigenous art of the Americas. Many exhibits are designed for education, and presented in both English and Spanish. It’s Free.
The Brooklyn Museum holds one of the world’s great collections of African art.
Bronx Museum of the Arts exhibitions represent the people of The Bronx. It’s Free.
El Museo del Barrio started as a museum of Puerto Rican art, but has grown into New York’s museum of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American art.
Hispanic Society is a research library and art museum that holds the most important collection of Hispanic art outside of Spain.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s encyclopedia of art and culture.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibits one of the world’s great collections of modern art, contemporary art, and film. The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America makes it a world center of Latin American contemporary art.
The Studio Museum in Harlem exhibits art of the African Diaspora.
NYC Art Auctions
The May and November art auctions are pillars of New York City’s art world. Auction exhibitions are museum-quality, open to the public, and Free.
Christie’s New York, in Rockefeller Center, is one of the world’s leading auction houses.
Sotheby’s New York, in the Upper East Side, is one of the world’s leading auction houses.
About Latin Art
Like most human culture, art begins as an expression of faith to ease the journey through life and death. From there it grows into a hundred flowers.
If you open your eyes, there is great art everywhere. In a way, being a New Yorker is an art form in and of itself.
Looking at Latin Art
If you look at American art (especially Latin American Art) the same way you look at European art, your own bias will blind you. We have different world views.
The art world now sees that one isn’t better than the other. European art is more European, American art is more American. Whether art is made from diamonds or garbage is irrelevant. In fact art made from garbage is probably more real. Diamonds are a sucker’s artifice.
Latin Art’s Influence on American Art
In February of 2020, the Whitney Museum of American Art recast art history by stating that the biggest influence on the development of American art was not the European schools, it was the Mexican Muralists. Let that sink in. 🇲🇽
The Most Famous New York Latin Art That You Will Never See
Diego Rivera’s “Man, Controller of the Universe” (1934), in the Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City is Rivera’s recreation of his own “Man at the Crossroads” from the atrium of 30 Rock in Rockefeller Center.
Nelson Rockefeller had it destroyed in 1933 because it includes a portrait of Lenin. He replaced it with José Maria Sert’s “American Progress” which is still there today.