2022 Armory Show Will Focus on Latinx and Latin American Art

The 2021 edition of the Armory Show at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. (photograph by Casey Kelbaugh / courtesy of the Armory Show)

The Armory Show, held every year in New York City, has announced three curators for its 2022 edition — and they are all experts in the fields of Latinx and Latin American art, a historic first for the international art fair.

The trio will lead the fair’s curated sections, comprising programs and presentations beyond the show’s main exhibition booths. Carla Acevedo-Yates, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will head the Focus section, bringing together solo- and dual-artist exhibitions that explore the intersectionality of environmental and social justice issues. Tobias Ostrander, adjunct curator of Latin American art at Tate London, will be in charge of Platform, comprised of large-scale installations and site-specific art that reimagine public monuments.

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Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will chair the fair’s fifth annual Curatorial Leadership Summit, a day-long, invitation-only symposium focused on the relationship between Latin American and Latinx art — areas whose distinctions are the subject of growing interest — and sometimes controversy.

2022 Armory Show curators Mari Carmen Ramírez (photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders); Carla Acevedo-Yates (photo by Maria Ponce); and Tobias Ostrander (photo by Ivan Sánchez Hernández)

The 2022 edition will once again take place at the recently expanded Javits Convention Center in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, a 3.3-million-square-foot facility that was temporarily used as a mass vaccination site and became the fair’s permanent home this year.

“As New York’s Art Fair, it is important to reflect the communities that make up our city,” said Armory Show Director Nicole Berry in a statement. “We look forward to seeing their presentations come to fruition, shining a spotlight not only on the diverse New York art community, but a broader representation of global artistic practices.”

The fair will open its doors to the public on September 9, 2022.

Source: Hyperallergic.com

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