• Rist and Beyonce

    Smashing Windows: Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Intersectional Feminism, and Black Empowerment

    Never shy about her political stance, Beyonce openly endorsed candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, making clear her belief that the future is female. Her album Lemonade, which Beyoncé produced the same year and complemented with powerful video content, illustrates her feminist stance through explicitly political, but also personal references. One of the most memorable scenes from Lemonade…

  • Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present

    For the inaugural meeting of this year’s Latin American Forum on September 9th, Professor Edward Sullivan moderated a panel discussion titled Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present, which met in conjunction with the exhibition Bearing Witness: Art and Resistance in Cold War Latin America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (now closed). The panelists included two IFA alumnae, Dr.…

  • In the Shadow of Utopia: Beyond the Supersquare at Bronx Museum of the Arts

    It’s an old cliché, but one with staying power: try to visualize “Latin America,” and more often than not images of palm trees, sandy beaches, and dense rainforests come to mind. The tropical stereotypes are so persistent—and still so often invoked in exhibitions that attempt to survey art of the Americas—that it is fairly refreshing to encounter a show that…

  • Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World at El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Queens Museum of Art

    One would be hard-pressed to think of a more ambitious exhibition than Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World, which opened this summer at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Queens Museum of Art. A sprawling, dizzying mess of a show that spans three institutions, over five hundred objects, and more than two centuries…

  • A Pacific Standard Time Travelogue, Part 3

    Editor’s Note: This review was written in March 2012. It has been reprinted here in its original form. For someone interested in Los Angeles art, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the Getty Initiative that connects over 60 Southern California cultural institutions and museums in an 11-month exploration and celebration of postwar Los Angeles culture, feels like a limited-time offer for an…

  • Paris, Politics, and Soto: A Conversation with Estrellita B. Brodsky

    Estrellita B. Brodsky is experiencing what for many art historians is a dream come true: less than three years after receiving her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, she has succeeded in curating an exhibition based on her dissertation research on Latin American artists working in post-war Paris. Now on view at the Grey Art Gallery on NYU’s downtown…

  • Luis Camnitzer at El Museo del Barrio

    Upon entering the galleries of El Museo del Barrio’s current show, Luis Camnitzer, visitors come face to face with the following lines, handwritten on the wall in loose script: If I draw a dot on one sheet of paper I am a doodler. If a draw a dot on one hundred sheets of paper I am a philosopher. If a…

  • Armory Show Focus: Latin America

    This year’s Armory Show includes a special selection of Latin American exhibitors! Take a look at the current line-up of Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, and Venezuelan gallery booths at Piers 92 and 94, open through Sunday, March 6. Please stay tuned for Rae Kaplan‘s account of the Armory Show 2011 focus on Latin America!