Elevating the Profile of Latin American Art

Date: 24 Feb 2011
Time: 6:30 PM

In her IDB Cultural Center presentation of the ICAA, Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez will discuss the growing interest in Latin American art in the United States, and the plans for the ICAA to become the most comprehensive research center in the Western Hemisphere.

The mission of the ICAA, which was established in 2001 at the MFAH, is to pioneer research of the diverse artistic production of Latin American and Latino artists from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States-and to educate audiences in order to transform the understanding of Latin American and Latino visual arts while opening new avenues of intercultural dialogue and exchange. The Center collaborates with Latin American organizations for exhibitions, holds symposia that result in publications, and sponsors research. It is organizing a long term project of locating and digitizing primary documents in seven Latin American countries and the United States.

Prior to joining the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Dr. Ramírez was curator of Latin American Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also adjunct lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History. Ramírez has also served as Director of the Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, at the Río Piedras campus. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1989. Ramírez has curated numerous critically praised exhibitions of Latin American art. She is also Chief Editor for the Yale University Press book series Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. In 2005, Ramírez was the recipient of the Award for Curatorial Excellence granted by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. That same year, TIME magazine named her one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America." In 1997 she received the Peter Norton Family Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence. 

Free and open to the public. CR2 Conference Room, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center- Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Metro Center Photo ID required. The lecture will be in English.

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