- 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
Hispanic Society of America
Spain and things Spanish came back into favor soon after the end of the Spanish-Cuban-American War. In 1908, Archer Milton Huntington opened the Hispanic Society of America, and a year later, the museum’s solo exhibition of work by painter Joaquín Sorolla drew 160,000 New Yorkers in its first four weeks. One art dealer wrote: "Spain sank low in our defeat of her, she has replied with the lightnings of art."
Huntington housed his collection of art and literature from Spain and Latin America in palatial surroundings at Broadway and 155th Street, creating a resource for Hispanic studies in the U.S. that still exists today. Ahead of his time, Huntington not only collected but also studied Spanish culture. A Hispanophile, he believed that exposing North Americans to Spain’s magnificent cultural patrimony would provide them with an antidote to the ills of modern, industrial society.