MoMA and the Preservation of Latin American Collections

  • Posted on Oct 14, 2010 by

Hispanic Heritage Week is the first week of October, and this year NY1 featured an article titled “Hispanic Heritage Week: MoMA Helps Preserve Latin American Collections Across City,” on the Survey of Archives of Latino and Latin American Art at The Museum Modern Art.  The article includes a video from an interview with Milan Hughston, Chief of Library and Museum Archives at The Museum of Modern Art.

As the NY1 article states, there are over three million people of Hispanic descent living in New York City, “…and with that, comes an artistic legacy and heritage that needs to be preserved.”  The Survey of Archives of Latino and Latin American Art was initiated in July 2003 when the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) sub-contracted the Museum of Modern Art Library to undertake a three year survey of New York area archives.  The bibliographic and archival holdings of thirty institutions in New York were documented by the MoMA survey team, creating a network of repositories that highlight Nuyorican, Latino, and Latin American art.

The Survey combined with the Library's Latin American Collection make MoMA a treasure trove of research for Latin American Studies.

Sumitra Duncan, Assistant Librarian for Arcade, The Frick Art Reference Library

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