Initiated in 2002, Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art: A Digital Archive and Publications Project is a multiyear initiative dedicated to the recovery and publication of primary-source materials related to Latin American and Latino art. Under the direction of Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), María C. Gaztambide, Director of the Documents Project, and a sixteen-member Editorial Board, this initiative addresses the endemic lag in the field of Latin American/Latino art history, research, and teaching by providing access to writings by artists, artistic movements, critics, and curators from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
No editorial project of the scope outlined here currently exists or has ever been attempted in the field of Latin American art. Cutting across national and cultural boundaries, the project provides a much-needed intellectual foundation for the exhibition, collection, and interpretation of art produced along this cultural axis. Likewise, no other visual arts–based undertaking has sought to make use of the most cutting-edge technology to provide access to archival materials while simultaneously connecting geographically dispersed scholars and other producers of knowledge. In fact, one of the primary goals of the ICAA Documents Project is to establish an intellectual bridge between Latin artists north and south of the Rio Grande.