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date: 28 May 2017

Digital Resources: 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Please check back later for the full article.

Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art: A Digital Archive and Publications Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a multiyear initiative at the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) that seeks to consolidate Latin American and Latino art as a field of study and to place it on equal footing with other established aesthetic traditions. It encompasses the recovery, translation into English, and publication of primary texts by Latin American and Latino artists, critics, and curators who have played a fundamental role in the development of modern and contemporary art in their countries or communities. The Documents Project makes these essential bibliographic materials available worldwide through a digital archive and a series of fully annotated book anthologies published in English. It is facilitating new historical scholarship on twentieth-century Latin American and Latino art through its open-ended editorial framework, which centers on thematic rather than more traditional chronological guidelines, and through its broadening the discourse on the modern and contemporary art produced along this cultural axis. A discussion and contextualization of a selection of recovered documents specifically from Latin America supports this central argument. These and other little-known or previously inaccessible primary sources and critical materials will ultimately encourage interdisciplinary and transnational (re)readings of how aesthetics, social issues, and artistic tendencies have been contested and developed in the region.