Three Latin American curators that have fiercely supported Latin American Art abroad
Posted on October - 11 - 2016
In a world recently ran mostly by men, women are now taking up a greater role and helping to reshape the art world. Nowadays, female artists, gallerists, advisors and collectors top the lists of the most influential people in the art world, and women curators are shining more than ever before and taking the art world by storm. Decades back, when the art world had yet to take the step to become a global scenario, Latin American art was mainly associated with the Mexican muralists and Frida Kahlo’s colorful paintings. Other prominent artists were left at the edge of history and their importance was overshadowed for years. Lately, however, there has been a newfound interest in reclaiming these forgotten masters and inviting a newer generation of Latin artists to participate in the global stage. Many characters have promoted this feat, and among them have been talented and relentless curators, who have relocated, mainly in the United States, and whose work has been palpable in the last few decades.
We acknowledge that this list could go on and on because of the great job done by many ladies in the field, but on this occasion, we just include three female Latin American curators who have become active supporters of Latin American Art abroad.
Mari Carmen Ramírez
If this name doesn’t ring the bell, then you have better start doing your homework. Not only has she been named one of the most influential Hispanics in America, but her work was also marking a before and after in Latin American art history in the United States. Before becoming the first director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Ramírez was known for her groundbreaking work in the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. The now iconic exhibition “Inverted Utopias” in 2001 stirred the art world and presented the U.S. public with a new group of unknown Latin American artists that were previously obscured by the western narrative. Known for being militant and outspoken for the Latino cause, Ramírez also gave way to a digital archive to provide documents that have never been accessible before. It is needless to say that her work has stirred the course of Latin American art internationally.
Photo Courtesy of: carleton.ca
The Venezuelan British art historian has also amassed an impressive collection of achievements and has held many influential positions through the years. With a Ph.D. from the University of Essex, Fajardo-Hill held the prominent position of Chief Curator and Vice-President of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. Before that, she was the Director and Chief Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation and the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, in Miami, among other impressive placements. She also has collaborated in Abstraction in Action, a platform for broadcasting contemporary abstraction in Latin America. In 2014 she served close to home in Guatemala, as the chief curator of the Bienal de Arte Paiz. With this impressive CV, Fajardo-Hill serves as an international advocate for contemporary art, representing Latin America with profound knowledge on the subject and extensive experience in the field.
Photo Courtesy of: Art Nexus
Among the rank of the ex-pats, the Venezuelan Rangel has been an active Latin representative north of the Rio Grande for some time now. Rangel first came from a cinematic background, having earned a B.A. in Film Studies from the International Film School at San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba and was the curator at the Fundación Cinemateca Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela before turning towards art and getting an M.A. in Curatorial Studied at Bard College, New York. She now holds the title of Director of Visual Arts a Chief Curator at the Americas Societies in New York, where through her work she has supported the work of emerging Latin American artists. She has also been a prolific writer for many publications such as Art in America, Art Nexus, Frieze and Trans and Parkett.
Do you have other curators in mind? In Scoop Art we want to know your opinion.
By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz