Past, Present & Future Directions
at the Art Museum of the Americas
September 11-12, 2013

This program is FREE and OPEN to the public. No registration is required.
Full details for the symposium can be found here.

The AMA | Art Museum of the Americas traces its earliest history to 1917, the year that the Education Section of the Pan American Union, the precursor to the Organization of American States, was founded in Washington, D.C. A specialized Visual Arts Section was later added, and under the direction of José Gómez Sicre, who served as Chief between 1949 and 1981, AMA emerged as a leading center of Latin American art in the United States. In a politically charged climate of Cold War, Gómez Sicre was among the first to articulate a cosmopolitan vision of modern Latin American art through a pioneering and ambitious exhibition program. This program and its historical context is also examined through the exhibition Libertad de Expresión: The Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics (Oct. 4, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014), hosted by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art of the University of Oklahoma. With the establishment of a Purchase Fund in 1957, AMA was able to cultivate an important generation of "young American artists," so named by Gómez Sicre, within a broadly hemispheric context.