Papelitos Blog

Papelitos, the ICAA blog, is an online forum for staff, student interns, fellows, and project associates to share ideas and insights into the activities and research-in-progress at the Center. We also invite proposals from artists, scholars, and researchers that engage with the role of archives and documentation in the field. If interested in contributing, please write to the ICAA’s Research Specialist, Liz Donato at edonato@mfah.org.

2022 Peter C. Marzio Award Winners Announced

The ICAA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 competition for the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art. Named for the late, longtime director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), who supported the establishment of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas […]

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Object-Based Learning Seminar Spotlight: Zoie Buske

I have had the privilege of participating in the Object-Based Learning (OBL) Latin American and Latinx art course twice, once in my undergraduate career and again in graduate school. I can, without a doubt, pinpoint this course as a turning point in my understanding of art and art history. The object-based learning methodology has also […]

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Dále Gas Turns 45

“A new era in Chicano art is beginning! ¡DÁLE GAS!” With this call to action, the artist and curator Santos Martinez Jr. heralded a historic moment. On August 20, 1977, the first major museum exhibition of Chicano art in Texas opened to the public at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). Dále Gas: An Exhibition of […]

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New in the Archive: Mercedes Pardo’s Milestones

“Color is an instrument of a vast, infinite, inexhaustible range and that has been what I have expressed, what I have wanted to say in art.” – Mercedes Pardo, 1979 Mercedes Pardo (1921–2005) was a Venezuelan artist, teacher, and pioneer of abstract painting in her home country. As the writer María Ramírez Ribes describes in […]

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When the Archive Goes Paperless Part I: The History of the First Phase of the Documents Project

Luz Muñoz, Chief Cataloguer for the ICAA, was among the first in her home country to think about how to systematize access to Chilean contemporary art documents. When local records are few and fragmentary, Muñoz recognized that a “digital copy can preserve and safeguard our heritage.” In this two-part post she reflects on the early […]

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When the Archive Goes Paperless Part II: The Project’s Methodologies and Work Processes

Luz Muñoz, Chief Cataloguer for the ICAA, was among the first in her home country to think about how to systematize access to Chilean contemporary art documents. When local records are few and fragmentary, Muñoz recognized that a “digital copy can preserve and safeguard our heritage.” In this two-part post she reflects on the early […]

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New in the Archive: Final Set of Critical Documents of Chilean Art

Since the founding of the ICAA in 2001, Chilean institutions and researchers have played a significant role in the formation of Documents of Latin American and Latino Art. Today, we cap off a three-year project to complete the first teams-based phase of the Documents Project and expand the representation of Chile in the ICAA’s digital […]

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Object-based Learning Seminar Spotlight: Corina Rogge

This fall the ICAA resumes its Object-based Learning seminar with the University of Houston. Over the course of the next few weeks we will introduce some of the course’s faculty as well as insights and commentary from the students enrolled in the class. First up is Dr. Corina Rogge, Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Scientist at […]

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ICAA-Hirsch Library Facsimile Project: Latin American Rare Books, Periodicals, and Ephemera in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

By Katie Bogan and Sarah Stanhope In summer 2020, Hirsch Library staff put their talents and efforts into showcasing printed matter in the Latin American art permanent collection galleries in the new Kinder Building, which is graced with large windows that let in lots of natural light. Extensive light exposure can cause damage to paper […]

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In memoriam: Lotty Rosenfeld (1943-2020): A Reflection by Mariairis Flores, Fundación AMA Researcher

The Critical Documents of Chilean Art collection is made possible by the generous support of Juan Yarur Torres, President, Fundación AMA On July 24, 2020, at the height of the Chilean quarantine and the global pandemic, Lotty Rosenfeld passed away. She was 77 years old. The news spread fast and, as always, prompted a desire […]

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