- About the Exhibit
- Empires and Revolutions: 1613–1825
- Trade with Spanish America: 1825-1900
- Cultural Encounters: 1825-1900
- Political Encounters: 1850-1930
- An Hispano Landscape: 1900–45
As New York thrust its way onto the world scene in the early 20th century, aspiring artists made their way here from around the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The city offered well-heeled patrons, galleries and museums, a lively international scene, art schools, and commercial enterprises where their artistic skills earned them a living.
New York also plunged its inhabitants into the vortex of modern life. Artists who responded to its aesthetic and practical challenges advanced their work and careers and added to the creative energy. The experimental workshop run by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros was one hub of modern art; another was the New School for Social Research, where Mexican José Clemente Orozco and Ecuadorian Camilo Egas painted murals and Egas ran the studio art courses. No place topped the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)—where Diego Rivera had a one-man show in 1931—for introducing New York and the nation to the arts and artists of the Americas.