Latin Art in NYC is in museums, galleries, art fairs, parks, and on the street.
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.
Thursday is NYC’s main art gallery opening night. It’s fun to walk around the Chelsea art district between 6-8pm. The art is great and so is the people watching. It’s a great date.
Latin Art NYC News
Frieze New York 2023 Brings International Galleries to One of NYC’s Contemporary Art Cores
Frieze brings hi-end contemporary art galleries from 27 countries to New York. The Frieze Week cluster of art fairs puts New York on the international art calendar.
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
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TEFAF New York 2023 Brings Europe’s Most Prestigious Antiques Fair to NYC
31 Latin galleries are among 91 dealers of high-end antique art.
PARK AVENUE ARMORY
Upper East Side
Friday-Tuesday, May 12-16, 2023
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The Future Fair 2023 Brings Diversity to the Art-Industrial Complex
A contemporary art fair that works to bring diverse crop of emerging artists and art galleries into the art-industrial complex.
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, 2023
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Chosen Memories at MoMA Finds the Needle in the Haystack of Contemporary Latin American Art
The Cisneros Institute show the power of giving.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
April 30 – September 9, 2023
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Black Arts Movement: Then & Now Conference
Angela Davis, Nona Hendryx, Toshi Reagon, Dafnis Prieto, Tavia Nyong’o, Vernon Reid
Manhattanville, West Harlem
Thu-Sat, May 18-20, 2023
The Rhythm, Bass And Place: Through the Lens Photography Exhibition Shows Music & Dance as the Heartbeat of Latin New York at the CCCADI
Opens Friday, March 17, 2023
East Harlem, Manhattan
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Latin Art Museums in NYC
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 human 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.
The Origin of 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. 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.
New York Art Fairs
New York art fairs and important gallery exhibitions cluster around Frieze Week in May and Armory Week in September. The May and November art auctions are more pillars of New York’s art world. After the November auctions, New York’s art world goes south to Art Basel Miami, America’s most important contemporary art fair.
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 Latin Art in New York That You Will Never See
The cover image is the most famous Latin art in New York City that you’ll never see. It’s Diego Rivera’s “Man, Controller of the Universe” (1934), in the Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City. That is Rivera’s recreation of his own “Man at the Crossroads” from 30 Rock in Rockefeller Center, which Nelson Rockefeller destroyed in 1933 because it includes a portrait of Lenin.