Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the US and Latin America” at Smithsonian American Art Museum

October 5 & 6, 2011
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The histories of the United States 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 US from that of Latin America. 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 US 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 embedded video features the symposium’s introductory remarks and first session, “New Approaches: Latin/American Art and Its Intersections”—please click here to view all of the symposium sessions on YouTube.