The Latin American Art Collection at the Tucson Museum of Art tells stories of deep connections and conversations between artists of the continent across time. The museum’s Latin American holdings span more than three millennia and include more than 4,000 works of art. The oldest works in the collection include works of Art of the Ancient Americas, an area that includes important works like vessels for drinking chocolate from ancient Maya artists of Guatemala and Mexico, Moche portraits depicting elites from Peru, and vessels depicting highly abstract animals from Panama. Works of Colonial Latin American Art include paintings that represent religious devotions in the Americas in the centuries after the Conquest, as well as decorative arts of the period. And the museum’s holdings of Modern and Contemporary Art and Latin American Folk Art show how artists adapt and respond to traditions of the past in our own time and speak to their relationship with the broader international art world.
In 2020, TMA inaugurated the new Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art, a 6,000+ square foot addition to the museum’s campus that celebrates the achievements of the artists of the Americas from ancient periods to our own time. Curated in collaboration with a community advisory committee, the exhibitions in this new space present Latin American Art in a way that recognizes the agency of Indigenous artists and amplifies the voices of community members who generously share their perspectives on the art of the region.
The works of art in the TMA collection are conserved for the benefit of our community, and the museum makes careful decisions regarding the acquisition of each work that we steward. When evaluating the appropriateness of a work of art for the museum, TMA considers such issues as the ownership history of an object as well as its history of exhibition and publication. To learn more about TMA’s collecting policies, click here.
Search our Collection using terms like “Olmec,” “Colonial,” “Folk Art” and “Contemporary Latin American Art.”