The ICAA’s partners in the Documents Project initiative include documentation centers, research-oriented museums, foundations, and private collections throughout Latin America and the United States. The participating centers provide office space and equipment, staff time to oversee researchers, assistance in locating documents, and/or digitization resources.
The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) advances scholarship and public engagement with art from Latin America through its program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and institutional partnerships.
ISLAA partners with universities and art institutions to reach a wider audience. Ariel Aisiks founded ISLAA in 2011 to raise the international visibility of art from Latin America. The pursuit of this goal has led to ISLAA's involvement in more than 400 lectures and conferences, 30 books, and 20 large-scale exhibitions.
Founded in 2005 by Carlos Cruz-Diez and his family, the mission of the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation is to foster the study and appreciation of Cruz-Diez’s life and work through research, exhibitions and educational programs worldwide.
The activities of the Cruz-Diez Foundation are diverse and globally reaching. The Collection of over one hundred artworks, donated by the artist, is available for lending to exhibitions, along with curated pedagogical exhibitions. Thanks to privileged access to Cruz-Diez’s meticulously kept archives the Foundation is able to issue Certificates of Authenticity and update his Catalogue Raisonné.
These activities stem from its mission to preserve Cruz-Diez’s artworks, protect his image, and check the information distributed about the artist. To date, the Cruz-Diez Foundation has organized over 70 exhibitions in 23 countries, published or co-published 15 reference books, and produced a mobile app. Another major activity involves reaching out to a new public audience of children and young people by developing pedagogical workshops.
With over 30 million items and counting, the Archives of American Art (AAA) is the world’s largest repository for documents related to the history of American art. AAA’s mission is to acquire primary sources—letters, diaries, journals, notes, and other unpublished writings, financial records, photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, audio and video recordings, rare printed material, and the like—from artists, critics, collectors, art historians and others. In 2015, AAA hired a Latino Collections Specialist to focus on acquiring papers related to US Latino/a art. Building on AAA’s holdings resulting from past initiatives particularly in south Florida and Texas, the Latino Collections Specialist made further acquisitions of archival collections from New York, Denver, Florida, the Midwest, and the West Coast, including: Cheech Marin (oral history), Paul Ramirez Jonas, Andres Serrano, Kathy Vargas, Victor Zamudio-Taylor, and Tony Ortega.
The Latinx Papers Project:
As part of the ICAA’s landmark Documents of Latin American and Latino Art digital archive project, The Latinx Papers seeks to identify and make accessible key documents related to the history of Latinx art as well as the trajectory of key artists and cultural figures. During this multi-year initiative, the ICAA will build upon its existing holdings with a new selection of primary documents focused on individual artists and groups as well as on critics, curators, and cultural representatives. During the first phase of this project, the ICAA is partnering with the AAA on the “Latina Papers.” This collaboration aims to locate in the AAA’s collections documents pertaining to pioneering Latina artists, critics, and curators such as, Elsa Flores Almaraz, Yolanda M. López, Amalia Mesa-Bains, María Luisa Pacheco, Patssi Valdez and Kathy Vargas, among others.
- Dr. Josh T. Franco, National Collector, AAA
- Diana C. Bossa Bastidas, Program Manager, Smithsonian Latino Center
Fundación AMA (FAMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and dissemination of contemporary Chilean art. Based in Santiago, FAMA was founded in 2008 by Juan Yarur Torres, its president and a committee member of renowned international museum boards. Fundación AMA generates international networks of contacts for artists, cultural producers, curators, collectors, philanthropists, and art historians, creating collaborative opportunities for the promotion and collecting of art, and it enhances international relations between different cultural agents and institutions.
- María Alcade Montt, Director of Projects
- Luz Muñoz Rebollado, Supervisor
- Mariairis Flores, Researcher
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- Bernardita Mandiola, Director
- Sebastián Valenzuela-Valdivia, Researcher
From the classroom to the museum, the University of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, have joined forces to provide students with extraordinary museum work experience coupled with a tier- one graduate education in art history. The Digital Humanities and Object-Based Learning in the Museum and University Context is an innovative long-term partnership between the ICAA-MFAH and the University of Houston. The collaboration, begun in 2018 and initially aided by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promises to create an internationally recognized environment for the study of Latin American and Latinx art and culture.
Learn more about the University of Houston (UH) and ICAA partnership and the Object-Based Learning Initiative.
In 1993, the Espigas Foundation was created as a non-profit organization with the aim of preserving and providing access to documents and publications in the history of Argentina and Latin American art. Consulted by historians, critics, journalists, antiques dealers, collectors, students, public and private institutions, as well as the general public, Espigas’s collection is essential for the production of exhibitions and research for the dissemination of cultural heritage. Since 2018, the Espigas Foundation’s collection has been under the care of TAREA, the Cultural Heritage Research Institute of the National University of San Martín, forming the new Espigas Study Center. From that year on, the Espigas Foundation and Study Center work together for the preservation and consultation of the largest archive of Argentine and Latin American art.
- Agustín Diez Fischer, Chief Operating Officer
- Luisa Tomatti, Coordinator
- Melina Cavalo, Library
- Diego Sebastián López, Coordinator Assistant
- Adriana Donini, General Assistant
- Mayra Romina Piriz, Library Assistant
- Lucas Baron Pedernera, Library Assistant
- Sebastián Guarino, Technical Assistant