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Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America

By Smithsonian American Art Museum

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This symposium examines artistic exchange between Latin America and the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Papers consider how artists and artworks have crossed the border separating the U.S. and Latin America (defined as Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean), creating new artistic dialogues and influencing each other's work in meaningful ways. The histories of U.S. and Latin American art have long been viewed as largely independent of each other. Transnational narratives have instead privileged exchange with Europe. But today there is a growing desire to dissolve the rigid borders that separate the history of art of the United States from that of Latin America. This symposium couches artistic encounters between north and south within their historical moment and political conditions, and examines the role of individuals, institutions, and exhibitions in the exchange and promotion of art and ideas. Speakers consider various modes of artistic engagement including the two-way exchange of ideas and techniques, artistic collaboration, appropriation, and counteraction. Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America is the third of five Terra Symposia on American Art in a Global Context, which are supported by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Image:Danza de Carnaval (detail), 1974, Freddy Rodríguez, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 32 in. (243.8 x 81.3 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, © 1974, Freddy Rodríguez, 2011.10.1.

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