Americas Society commissions a permanent site-specific artwork to become the centerpiece of the David Rockefeller Atrium at its landmark building in New York City.
The Americas Society commission will be awarded to one among four outstanding emerging artists from Latin America whose work is featured in the exhibition Spatial Acts: Americas Society Commissions Art.
The art commission is the final stage of an initiative to reinvigorate the lobby of Americas Society’s building on 680 Park Avenue. The new space, unveiled two years ago as the David Rockefeller Atrium, pays tribute to the founder and honorary chairman of Americas Society and Council of the Americas—a man whose vision of exchanging ideas and enhancing understanding of the Western Hemisphere to find solutions to the region’s many challenges continues to drive the institutions he created almost half a century ago.
Spatial Acts features works by artists Esvin Alarcón Lam (Guatemala), Elena Damiani (Peru), Marcius Galan (Brazil), and Jorge Pedro Núñez (Venezuela). These finalists were selected after a two-step assessment process over the past six months. A nominating committee composed of Americas Society board and staff members, art professionals, and connoisseurs nominated 17 emerging artists from the Western Hemisphere, who by invitation submitted dossiers that included their preliminary proposals for the site-specific artwork. A separate selection committee of world renowned artists, curators, and collectors, as well as Americas Society board members and staff, evaluated the submissions based on criteria such as site-suitability, aesthetics, and alignment with the organization’s mission and trajectory.
The Americas Society commission awardee will be announced in late fall 2014 and the artwork will be fully executed and unveiled by fall 2015.