The National Gallery of Art announced the appointment of Natalia Ángeles Vieyra as the new associate curator of Latinx art. She will assume the position on June 30. Vieyra will play a key role in the museum's work. She will join a team of seven curators in the department of modern and contemporary art dedicated to 20th- and 21st-century art.


As a specialist and advisor in Latino art, Natalia Ángeles Vieyra will contribute to acquisition, exhibition (both temporary and permanent) and research within the field, as well as to the museum's public service in this area. Currently, the National Gallery's collection includes works by leading Latin artists such as Ana Mendieta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Herrera, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Freddy Rodriguez, Christina Fernandez, Miguel Luciano, and Martine Gutierrez. Vieyra will be responsible for expanding, studying and interpreting modern and contemporary Latinx art in the context of a growing and diverse collection. Because Latinx art is a broad field, cutting across artistic history and media, Vieyra will work collaboratively with other curatorial departments to help integrate Latinx art and perspectives in all aspects.


The position was created with a $500,000 grant from the Getty Foundation as part of the Advancing Latinx Art in Museums (ALAM) initiative, with support from the Mellon, Ford, Getty, and Terra Foundations.


Natalia Ángeles Vieyra is a curator and art historian who has worked on and studied U.S. Latin art, as well as Latin American and Caribbean art created since the 19th century. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the work of Puerto Rican artist Francisco Oller, placing it within the broad context of the Americas. Throughout her career, she has encouraged dialogue between historical works and contemporary Latin artists and communities. As Associate Curator of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, Vieyra spearheaded the acquisition and long-term loan of a variety of works by Latin, Latin American and African American artists, in collaboration with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and private collections in Puerto Rico, among others.


During her tenure as Maher Curatorial Fellow of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, she implemented innovative programs that created a conversation between Latino audiences and works by artists such as Ana Mendieta, Juan Sánchez and Enrique Chagoya. She also curated and co-organized several exhibitions and installations, including El arte americano desde el imperio español /From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire and Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities.

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