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Author Herrera, Olga U., author.

Title American interventions and modern art in South America / Olga U. Herrera.

Publication Info. Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    940.5488 HER    Available
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Description xix, 319 pages, 28 leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-305) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Art and democracy come together -- Reorienting the hemisphere: American modern art and national defense -- Art deployed: contemporary North American painting in South America -- ¬°Saludos amigos! furniture, posters, motion pictures -- Commercial and cultural networks: South American modern art in the United States -- The art of defense -- The defense of art: Lincoln Kirstein and the modern art acquisition trip to South America, 1942 -- Aftermath: modern art, cultural flows, and global networks.
Summary This book tells the little-known story of how the United States used modern art as a cultural defense strategy in South America during World War II. Organized by Nelson A. Rockefeller, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs supported traveling exhibitions of American paintings, furniture and poster design competitions for artists across both hemispheres, widespread distribution of films with South American themes, and circulation of Latin American art within the United States. These exchanges of art and ideas were meant to counter negative views of U.S. culture spread by Nazi and totalitarian sympathizers. Olga Herrera shows how the program was an unprecedented public-private model of support for the arts, a driving force in the emergence of a Latin American art market in the United States, and a foundation for global art networks still in place today.
Subject United States. Office of Inter-American Affairs -- History.
Propaganda, American -- History -- 20th century.
Art and society -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin America -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Public opinion.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Latin America -- Public opinion.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war.
Added Author Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative.
ISBN 9780813056500 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0813056500 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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