The Getty PST: LA/LA series of exhibitions during 2017 to 2018 was a landmark event that finally brought to center stage an inclusive view of Latin American art. In contrast, early survey exhibitions done in the 1980’s produced vastly different spaces that were limited in context and favored the opinions of Euro-American curators. I explore past museum methodology and analyze how they inform current practices. By discussing current curatorial methods, my research highlights how twenty-first century curators have created different spaces that honor the diversity within the field of Latin American art. Using the twenty-first century exhibition, Home: So Different, So Appealing, against the twentieth-century exhibition, Art of the Fantastic: Latin America 1920-1978, my research ascertains the progress made. As well as, giving visibility to the ongoing need of complex representation of Latin American art.
The results of my research indicate and further support the ongoing need for complex representation of Latin American art. While the exhibitions of Latin American art has improved from essentialist and Eurocentric views of twentieth-century Latin American art exhibitions, improvement is always needed when the field is historically marginalized. By ascertaining the progress made in my research, it is now easier to understand scholars' suggestions and ways to implement solutions.
– “The Modern Museum: Leaving a ‘Fantastic’ Existence for Home,” National
Convention of Undergraduate Research, Kennesaw State University –– April 2019
– “The Modern Museum: A Comparison of Biased 1980s Exhibitions to Select
Getty PST: LA/LA Exhibitions,” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Western
Regional Conference, University of California, Los Angeles –– November 2018
– “A Medieval Monarch: The Patronage of Clemence of Hungary,” UROP Annual
Symposium, California State University, Long Beach –– May 2018