Photo: Latin American art texts have been cataloged and digitized
Thousands of 20th century Latin American art texts have been cataloged and digitized by teams based in the US and Latin America.
Manifestos, newspaper articles, letters, artists’ notes and sketches, lectures and unpublished manuscripts from 20th century artists will be available on Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, a digital archive and a companion publications project to come live next January.
Thousands of texts from 20th century Latin American art have been cataloged and digitized by teams in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, Perú, the United States and Venezuela.
Additionally, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston and Yale University Press will publish documents deemed critical and representative of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, into a 13-volume anthology, featuring selections of primary-source materials from the digital archive.
Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin Américan Art in MFAOH and director of the Latin American department’s research arm of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, says the project could transform the field by preserving documents that might otherwise be lost and by giving collectors otherwise unavailable information and insights about Latin American art works, and by allowing scholars to compare artistic developments through Latin America.
“That’s something that’s never happened before, because these countries are isolated from each other in many ways,” she says.