1/17/2012 9:33 AM
The online archive, Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, is now available worldwide and free of charge. A decade in the making, the ground-breaking digital archive went live on Friday, January 20, 2012. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), have devoted 10 years and $50 million to initiatives in 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. The MFAH and ICAA launched the first phase of this digital archive of some 10,000 primary-source materials, culled by hundreds of researchers based in 16 cities in the United States and throughout Latin America. The archive will act as a catalyst for the future of a field that has been notoriously lacking in accessible resources.
Marking the 10th-anniversary year for the MFAH Latin American program, the phased, multiyear project launches with 2,500 documents from Argentina, Mexico, and the American Midwest. Documents from other countries and communities will continue to be uploaded. Coming in 2012 are additional documents from Latino USA, including Puerto Rico, and Colombia. Visit us often for recent additions to the archive.