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.
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 AAA’s mission is to acquire primary sources—letters, diaries, journals, notes, and other unpublished writings, financial records, photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, audio and video recordings, rare printed material, and the like—from artists, critics,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
- Sebastián Valenzuela-Valdivia, Researcher
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
Learn more about the University of Houston (UH) and ICAA partnership and the Object-Based Learning Initiative.