Inter-American Office, National Gallery of Art. Traveling Exhibitions of Latin American Art: A list of the titles and sources of exhibitions now available for circulation in the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1946.
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In this document, the Inter-American Office at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has compiled a listing of all of the exhibitions of Latin American art available for loan to museums and institutions in the United States. The foreword explains that the list is organized by source, and that interested parties should contact the organizing institutions directly for more information. It characterizes this list as a resource, and solicits readers to submit information about future exhibitions to its office, confirming the Inter-American Office’s role as an enormous “clearing house” for information about “Inter-American art.” The list contains some thirty exhibitions, organized by institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the American Federation of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pan-American Union (in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among others, as well as a number of individuals. The subjects of the exhibitions include pre-Columbian, folk and craft, contemporary artists such as Diego Rivera and Carlos Mérida, prints, and children’s art.
This document, “Traveling Exhibition of Latin American Art: A List of Titles and Sources of Exhibitions Now Available for Circulation in the United States,” was compiled and published by the Inter-American Office at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in January 1946. A result of efforts initiated by the State Department’s Division of Cultural Relations to use exhibitions to encourage closer inter-American relations, this document is the kind of list of exhibitions that the individuals who participated in the Conference on Inter-American Relations in the Field of Art envisioned when they met in 1939–40. This document shows how an Inter-American Office was established as a “clearing house” for information at the National Gallery, and how certain institutions in the United States emerged during the early 1940s as the leading organizers of exhibitions of Latin American art. Exhibitions of pre-Colombian, colonial, and folk art were organized by the Brooklyn Museum. The Museum of Modern Art organized traveling exhibitions of Brazilian architecture, Cuban painting, and its collection of Latin American painting. And the Pan American Union organized exhibitions of Argentinean art and of woodcuts from various countries.