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Libertad de Expresión:
the Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics

October 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Libertad de Expresión

During the Cold War, the Organization of American States, formerly the Pan American Union, actively promoted artists from Latin America and the Caribbean that demonstrated affiliation with influential modernist styles such as Constructivism, Surrealism, Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism. José Gómez Sicre, the Visual Arts Specialist of the OAS, exhibited artists sympathetic to international trends in contemporary art, with the intention of demonstrating the cosmopolitanism of Latin artists and emphasizing freedom of expression in the American republics. Libertad de Expresión examines how both the OAS and its cultural institution, the Art Museum of the Americas, advanced Latin American art and democratic values during the Cold War. Ironically, Gómez Sicre’s support for freedom of expression did not include artists of a socialist or communist bent, and he refused to exhibit leftists at the museum. The exhibition features more than 60 artists, including Joaquín Torres García, Roberto Matta and Jesús Rafael Soto.

This exhibition’s private opening reception will be preceded by a symposium 9 am – 4 pm, October 4.

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Fri Oct 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Libertad de Expresión: Freedom of Expression in Latin America and the Caribbean
Guest speakers to be announced
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Libertad de Expresión: the Art of the Americas and Cold War Politics, this symposium will explore the role that freedom of expression has played in Latin American and Caribbean culture, journalism, and politics from post-World War II to the present. Creative and political speech has been alternatively celebrated and vilified by both conservative and leftist governments who were equally threatened by dissent and independent or unconventional thought. The symposium will feature scholars on a range of topics concerned with the freedom of, or restrictions placed upon, expression.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required to attend the symposium and lunch. For reservations, contact Tanya Denton at For information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-4938.

Click here to view the October 4 symposium schedule.