In 2018, the Fundación AMA and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (MFAH), began collaborating on a research project that would allow them to start with the final stage of review, editing and translation of selected Chilean documents for the digital archive of Documents of Latin American and Latin Art of the ICAA-MFAH.
Today, two years after the start of that process and thanks to the work of two Chilean researchers -Luz Muñoz and Sebastián Valenzuela-, the project sees the light with the launch of the new ICAA website. The redesigned platform more accurately reflects the Center’s interdisciplinary activities, events, and the program Latin American Art Documents (ICAA Document Project). The site provides direct and immediate access to the more than 8,000 primary sources and critical texts that make up the ICAA Document Project.
Furthermore, the platform allows users to navigate by “author”, “title”, “date” and “subject”; save your results in a “my documents” section; and share them with friends and colleagues. In addition, the platform enables ICAA researched partners to upload materials from primary sources directly to the site, significantly expanding the retrieval process that is a core function of any digital repository.
For FAMA and its research team, this project has meant identifying, examining, organizing and creating a new archive, and then scanning more than 500 documents covering the history and legacy of Chilean art from 1900 to the present day. With the launch of the new ICAA website, much of the Latin American material is now available, however, the Chilean art archive will begin to be released in late April so that researchers, students and people from all over the world have free access to it. ; without a doubt, this has enormous value for the investigation and dissemination of Chilean art in the world. Thus, the ICAA website with the support of the AMA Foundation becomes one of the most important digital platforms for Latin American art on a global level.