1/11/2017 2:10 PM
The Documents Project website launched on January 20, 2012 after ten years of quiet, behind-the-scenes work at the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA). Back then, 2,500 documents from Argentina, Mexico, and the American Midwest (University of Notre Dame) were available for research on our site. Since then, the Documents Project website has had more than 425,000 visits from over 320,000 unique visitors, averaging over 7,300 visits per month from both new and returning users. As of December 2016, the site boasted 20,264 registered users who actively access materials, create and share their own personal collections of documents culled from the site.
Reaching out to a broader network of users continues to be among our primary objectives, so in 2016 we launched a site for the The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art at the MFAH on the Google Art Project, a partnership that has allowed us to increase digital accessibility and research on each of the nearly 100 objects that comprise the Leirner Collection. Our users can enjoy this online resource by visiting the Google Art Project website. This year we have also joined the MFAH’s social media platform by creating our own ICAA Highlights, a monthly blog commemorating important dates and anniversaries that explore the rich research and holdings of the ICAA and its cornerstone initiatives.
Over the past five years, the ICAA’s Houston-based team has processed and uploaded over 5,500 more documents from Latino USA, including Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Peru sent by an extensive network of Puerto Rican, Colombian, Venezuelan, Brazilian, and Peruvian scholars. Additionally, new materials from Uruguay and Washington DC have been added by teams at The Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes in Montevideo, under the leadership of Gabriel Peluffo Linari and researchers María Eugenia Grau and Marina García López; the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and the Organization of American States, Washington D.C. under the leadership of Olga Herrera and a team of researchers.
This network complements the work of the central team in Houston, which in its dimension as a research team, has recently added significant materials on Grupo Madí and other rare Argentinean publications, El Techo de la Ballena, as well as additional documents from the Adolpho Leirner Archives. For much of these past five years Houston-based research has been conducted by our local team that includes Beatriz Olivetti (Research and Digital Experience Specialist), Nora A. Nava-Heymann (Copyrights Coordinator), María B. McGreger (Image and Web Content Specialist), as well as technical assistants Yvonne B. Zepeda and José Ángel Carrazco. Every one of the 8,000 (and counting) primary texts that are now available on our site reflect a fundamental spirit of camaraderie and a commitment to a team-based approach that, together, continue to define the core values of the ICAA’s Documents Project.
María C. Gaztambide, Ph. D., Associate Director, ICAA