The Latin American Forum, Fall 2017

The Latin American Forum, Fall 2017

Friday, November 17

Poster Design: ISLAA

RIDE or DIE – Miguel Luciano in conversation with Elizabeth Ferrer

The talk between Miguel Luciano and Elizabeth Ferrer will introduce recently commissioned projects that question the complicated relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, at the centennial mark of U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans (1917-2017). Luciano’s work acts as a powerful commentary on the current economic and political crisis in Puerto Rico and examines its impact on the diaspora.

Monday, October 9

Poster Design: ISLAA

A Conversation with Cecilia Vicuña and Professor Edward J. Sullivan

Artist, poet, activist and philosopher, Cecilia Vicuña (born in Chile, a long-time resident of New York) has been noted for many decades for her work in a wide variety of media and venues. Her political activism, her artistic innovation and her stimulating and original approach to problems of visuality and the expresssion of collective emotion are at the heart of her art.

We are immensely pleased to have Cecilia as the first Artist in this Fall’s series of the Latin American Forum events. She will discuss her work in the context of a conversation with Edward J. Sullivan, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Art History and Deputy Director of the Institute of Fine Arts.


Monday, September 25

José Leonilson: Autobiography of a Brazilian Artist

Image: José Leonilson Bezerra Dias, Empty Man, 1991, Thread on embroidered linen, 20 7/8 x 14 9/16 in (53 x 37 cm). Família Bezerra Dias/Projeto Leonilson. © Projeto Leonilson

The Americas Society presents an academic symposium at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts to celebrate the upcoming exhibition José Leonilson: Empty Man and the international launch of the three volume Leonilson catalogue raisonné, recently completed by the artist’s estate, the São Paulo-based Projeto Leonilson.


Cecilia Brunsonindependent curatorGabriela RangelDirector and Chief Curator, Visual Arts

Americas Society; Susanna V. TemkinAssistant Curator, Visual Arts, Americas Society

Yuji KawasimaPhD. Candidate Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ana Lenice DiasPresident, Projeto Leonilson

Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara

Edward Sullivan, New York University


The Duke House Exhibition Series brings contemporary art to the walls of the Institute’s landmarked James B. Duke House. (Website in Construction).


Photo Credits: María Magdalena Campos Pons, Bin Bin Lady, The Papaya, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco