International Center for the Arts of the Americas

In 2001, the MFAH established the Latin American Art Department and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA). By creating the center, the museum sought to bring about a long-term transformation in the appreciation and understanding of Latin American and Latino visual arts in the United States and abroad. Since its founding, the ICAA has organized research-based exhibitions, pursued a dynamic publishing program, and developed research and education projects that complement the renowned MFAH collection of Latin American art.

The ICAA’s primary focus involves the rigorous publishing program and the landmark, decade-long project Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, which culminated in a free, online database of primary sources in the field. The ICAA has organized international symposia; published its proceedings in bilingual format; and developed widely acclaimed exhibitions, such as Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America (2004) and Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color (2006). The ICAA was initiated by Peter C. Marzio, MFAH director from 1982 to 2010. Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the MFAH, is the ICAA director. María C. Gaztambide is the director of the ICAA Documents Project.

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