LatinaLista — Frida Kahlo is perhaps the most recognizable name among Latin American women artists who ever lived — but she is far from the only one. Rather than be seen as the definitive Latin American woman artist, a special exhibit in 1995 highlighted a range of such female artists spanning the years 1915-1995.
“Latin American Women Artists 1915-1995” was an extensive exhibit showcased by the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1995. As an accompaniment to their exhibit, the museum commissioned a twenty-five minute long film about the featured artists and their works. The featured video is a short introduction to that film.
Featuring the work of important artists of the recent past, like Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral and Mexico’s María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo, and including recent interviews with living artists such as Colombian painter Fanny Sanin, Chilean multi-media artist Soledad Salame, Venezuelan sculptor Elba Damast and Cuban multi-media artist María Campos Pons, “Latin American Women Artists 1915-1995” gives a comprehensive history of art made by women working in “La América Latina” throughout the twentieth century.
Latin America has produced some of the most innovative, exciting and relevant artists in the contemporary art world. The need for a film that focuses on the critical and influential role of women in Latin American art in the twentieth century has never been greater.