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OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Presents The Papermakers: Works on Paper from AMA’s Collection

Amelia Pelaez (Cuba) Untitled, 1958. Courtesy OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.

Talk: Friday, November 13 from 12pm to 1pm

Exhibition programming:
Curator’s Talk – The Papermakers: Works on Paper from AMA’s Collection
Friday, November 13 12-1pm EST
Join us live on Zoom at this link

Curated by Marco Polo Juarez Cruz, PhD Student, Art History and Archeology, University of Maryland, College Park.

OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas invites you to experience The Papermakers: Works on Paper from AMA’s Collection on our four social media walls: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This exhibition includes works by such luminaries as Tomie Ohtake (Brazil), Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), and Amelia Pelaez (Cuba). #AMAatHome #AMAenCasa is AMA’s initiative featuring exhibitions specifically curated for its social media platforms.

Paper embodies a medium and an end. From its ancient origins in the bast fibers of the Chinese paper mulberries, a blank surface in distinct formats has accompanied humankind through the processes of writing, drawing, and painting. Papermaking entails the chemical and mechanical processes to transform pulpwood and other fiber sources by diluting, pressing, drying, and cutting into a material of quasi-universal use. Today, manual and industrial methods to produce paper coexist, diversifying its legal, artistic, and ludic purposes.

This exhibition compiles thirty works on paper from the Art Museum of the Americas collection that exemplify the diversity of a primary medium for the artistic creation, rooted in the region by the pre-Hispanic amate paper made in Mexico and Central America. As the space to pour the starting ideas of a draft or a sketch, artists from the Americas took advantage of its shifting nature, returning to the white surface to experiment with techniques centered in the use of paper. Their professionalization in the use of engraving, pastel, gouache, and watercolor transformed the medium’s nature, granting them an experimental space of a simultaneous ephemeral and permanent character. The reproducibility of paper favored the introduction of lithographs and silkscreens into American museums’ collections by the sponsorship of cultural institutions and the private sector.

‘The Papermakers’ brings together works from artists that expanded the medium’s fundamental conceptions as a preliminary stage to sketch the ideas before the canvas. The chosen artworks are divided into three categories. The first section reunites the artists that challenged the medium’s boundaries by using innovative techniques and modernist tools. A second group praises the technical aptitudes of the artist as a draftsman. The last section’s artworks show the local dialog with regional traditions and folklore as inspiration to the Americas’ modernist artist. By registering the material evidence of its artistic creativity –in the traces of the acid corrosion, the wood gouges, and the pencil– the paper assembles fragments of cultural memory preserved in the Art Museum of the Americas’ collection. Composed by over 1100 works on paper from artists across the continent, this vast archival conjunct serves as a testimonial source of artistic proficiency, experimentation, and cultural diversity.

List of artists:

  • Tomie Ohtake
  • Maria Luisa Pacheco
  • Amelia Pelaez
  • Pedro Coronel
  • Rodolfo Abularach
  • Helen Escobedo
  • Raquel Forner
  • Julia Navarrete
  • Alberto Gironella
  • Miguel Heyn
  • Carlos Merida
  • Pablo A. Burchard
  • Luis Solari
  • Rigaud Benoit
  • Castera Bazile
  • Roberto Burle-Marx
  • Oswaldo Guayasamin
  • Sonnylal Rambisoon
  • Francisca Sutil
  • Gail Streat
  • Julio Valdez
  • Elba Damast
  • Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar
  • Camila Hernandez
  • Rubens Gerchman
  • Mario Carreño
  • Gunther Gerzso
  • Lajos Szalay
  • Jose Luis Cuevas

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is the oldest museum of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States. It is part of the Organization of American States (OAS), an international public organization whose aim is to promote democracy, peace, justice, and solidarity among its 35 member countries. AMA’s origins date back to the Visual Arts Unit of the Pan-American Union (now the OAS), and in the mid-20th century grew as an early catalyst of the parameters of modern art in Latin America and the Caribbean. AMA continues to organize exhibitions and programs with emerging and established artists, providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and dialogue while highlighting issues central to the OAS (democracy, human rights, development, and security) through the arts. This mission is strengthened through programming emphasizing art that simultaneously furthers dialog on current relevant social and political matters.

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