Media Advisory — Press Preview for Tamayo: The New York Years

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Press preview for the exhibition “Tamayo: The New York Years


Thursday, Nov. 2
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
: 11 a.m.
Curator-led tour: 11:30 a.m.


Smithsonian American Art Museum
Enter at Eighth and G streets N.W.


E. Carmen Ramos, deputy chief curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum


“Tamayo: The New York Years” celebrates Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991), one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. The exhibition brings together 41 of Tamayo’s colorful and expressive artworks, including a number of key loans from public and private collections in Mexico, that place Tamayo at the center of a major shift in the history of 20th-century art.

Tamayo was drawn to New York City at a time when unparalleled transatlantic and hemispheric cross-cultural exchange was taking place. “Tamayo: The New York Years” is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world. It reveals how a Mexican artist forged a new path in the modern art of the Americas and contributed to New York’s dynamic cultural scene as the city was becoming a center of postwar art.

“Tamayo: The New York Years” is on view Nov. 3 through March 18, 2018. E. Carmen Ramos, the museum’s deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art, organized the exhibition. The exhibition will not travel. Information about the exhibition is available in an online press kit,

Interested media should RSVP to Photographers and film crews are welcome; contact the office in advance to make arrangements. Requests for one-on-one interviews may be made in advance with Laura Baptiste by email at

“Tamayo: The New York Years” is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His Excellency Gerόnimo Gutiérrez-Fernández, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, serves as the honorary patron for the exhibition. The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. has provided invaluable advice and support. The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, provided major support.

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About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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    Rufino Tamayo, New York Seen from the Terrace [Nueva York desde la terraza], 1937, oil on canvas, 20 3/8 x 34 3/8 in. FEMSA Collection. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo by Roberto Ortiz