image of Anna Parker's Country Boy in front of National Palace Backdrop, Sololá

Anna Parker, Country Boy in front of National Palace Backdrop, Sololá, 1970s, Silver-dye bleach print. Museum Purchase, Ina Brown Ramer (Class of 1956) Endowed Fund for Acquisitions and Educational Program Support, 2016.105

Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey

Feb 7, 2019–Jun 9, 2019
Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery | Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery
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Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey highlights works of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art in the permanent collection of the Davis Museum, formed over the past 20-plus years. The exhibition features some 160 works of art by 105 artists (about a third of them women) from 12 countries, including 24 born in the United States. Among them are Ansel Adams, Olga Albizu, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Francis Alÿs, Gunther Gerzso, José Clemente Orozco, Roberto Matta, Ana Mendieta, Liliana Porter, Alice Rahon, and Grete Stern. Refuting chronological or geospecific formats, the exhibition is organized into thematic sections and embraces diversity—aesthetic, of course, but also in terms of the artists’ backgrounds, experiences, residences, and points of view—thereby pushing the concept of “Latin American art” almost to its conceptual limits. By allowing space for new connections, the exhibition aims to generate ideas and narratives that canonical works alone could not reveal.

Please note: Tickets are required for entry to this special exhibition. General admission, $20; Wellesley College alumnae, $12. Free entry for all students with I.D., Wellesley College faculty and staff, Friends of Art members, and Durant Society members. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Curated by James Oles, Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at the Davis Museum and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art at Wellesley College, the exhibition and catalogue were realized with generous funding from: 

Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis, Judith Blough Wentz ’57 Museum Programs Fund, Mellon Endowment for Academic Programs at the Davis Museum, The Helyn MacLean Endowed Program Fund for Contemporary and South Asian Art, The James Wilson Rayen Museum Gift, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

Image Credit:

Courtesy of the artist