Collections & Exhibitions

The mission of the MFAH Latin American Art Department and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), is to collect, exhibit, research, and educate the public about the diverse artistic production of Latin Americans and Latinos. At the same time, the department and the ICAA endeavor to open new avenues of intercultural dialogue and exchange. Both were established in 2001, and the first 10 years brought 15 exhibitions; the publication of 14 books and catalogues; and the acquisition of more than 400 works of art. In 2005, TIME magazine named curator Mari Carmen Ramírez one of the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” and in 2010 the New York Times cited the exhibition Inverted UtopiasAvant-Garde Art in Latin America (2004) as one of the most important shows of the decade.

Above, from the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color: Hélio Oiticica, Spatial Reliefs​, 1960, polyvinyl acetate resin on plywood; Grand Nucleus, 1960–63, oil and resin on wood fiber board, the César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Rio de Janeiro​. © César and Claudio Oiticica