Cultural and Research Resources from and about Latin America

When the COVID-19 outbreak limited our ability to connect with one another to online communications, we scoured the Internet to find recources to share with our listserv. We focused on online outreach programs from various cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. From virtual tours of museums to music and theater performances streamed live, we highlighted transnational initiatives aimed at making Latin American cultural resources available in new formats. Links that were included in our digests have been compiled here for continued access. Some of the resources may no longer be available, but we are including them here as a way to showcase the organizations and artists that have made their work available during the pandemic. For additional resources, you can also explore the Latin American and Caribbean Studies digital collections through the library. Please explore and enjoy.

Film

Cine.pr—Digital Archive of Puerto Rican Cinema
An unprecedented initiative in Caribbean cinema. Cine.pr has assembled a catalog of the best that the last 40 years in Puerto Rican cinema have to offer.
Corrientes: Latin American Experimental Cinema
An ongoing and dynamic online space for Latin American moving image that aims to increase visibility and connect artists and viewers by providing a platform on which artists are showcasing their films.
Retina Latina
A digital platform for viewing Latin American cinema, with open and free access for citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cinema Tropical
A new section in the TropicalFRONT blog recommends a different film per day to watch for free online.
Rialta: Cuban Cinema in Quarantine
La mayoría de los audiovisuales compliados se compila aquí con autorización explícita de sus realizadores; otros han sido integrados desde plataformas de almacenamiento de videos.
LALIFF Connect 2020
Free month-long virtual festival of live music, films, and master classes. “We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” says Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF.
Cinemateca de Bogotá
Una variada oferta cultural alrededor del cine, encuentros, lecturas de película, funciones especiales y actividades para la familia.
Cachoeira Doc: Festival Impossível Curadoria Provisória
Films chosen by Cachoeria Doc curators for this moment; films to renew a field of questions, given the new demands of the world.
Colombian Film Festival
In recent years, Colombia has expanded its resources to support filmmakers throughout the country, since then the number of productions has increased dramatically.
Sheffield Documentary Festival - Exchange
Films that reflect the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories.
Centro Cultural La Moneda: Cineteca Nacional de Chile
Exposiciones y actividades de interés cultural, artístico y patrimonial. Semanalmente destaca películas pertenecientes al Archivo Digital de la Cineteca Nacional de Chile.

 

Music/Audio/Performance

New Work in Ethnohistory
Rebecca Dufendach, a Historian of Colonial Latin America, hosts this podcast that features interviews with the authors of recent scholarship in the field.
Radio Garden
A non-profit radio and digital research project developed by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision that provides access to thousands of live radio stations in Latin America (and around the world!).
Voces Oral History Project
Voces seeks to document and create a better awareness of the contributions of Latinos and Latinas of the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War generations.
Studs Terkel Radio Archive: Interview with Rita Moreno
A member of the elite EGOT winners’ circle and recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, Rita Moreno is a pioneer in arts and culture. Revisit her 1962 interview with Studs Terkel in which they discuss her Puerto Rican heritage as it relates to her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story.
Teatro Digital Colombiano
Un programa de innovación social del Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo en alianza con Bancolombia que ofrece de manera gratuita una selección de doce espectáculos de los mejores exponentes de su programación.
2666 @ The Goodman Theatre
This epic stage adaptation of Bolaño’s internationally acclaimed novel is now available online for free, unlimited streaming.

 

Museums/Exhibitions

3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival at the Bronx Documentary Center
Large-scale photographs throughout the Melrose community by award-winning photographers from the Caribbean and Latin America, with a virtual component.
Temporal: Puerto Rican Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College-Chicago that explores Puerto Rico’s contemporary history as a United States territory.
Museo del Barrio
A digital visual archive dedicated to New York City’s Latinx population, in partnerships with Nuevayorkinos. The collaboration aims to highlight the long-standing presence and cultural contributions of Latinx communities in El Barrio (East Harlem).
Museo Frida Kahlo 
Take a virtual tour of La Casa Azul, in the center of Coyoacán, where Kahlo spent the majority of her life.
USF Contemprorary Art Museum—Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus
Engages a select company of international artists to respond to the crisis that has gripped the planet since March 5, 2020, the date the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
The pioneering museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. Its permanent collection now numbers over 1,600 works of art.
Harry Ransom Center—Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer
Drawing primarily on the papers of García Márquez, this exhibition is comprised of approximately 300 objects, including numerous documents never seen in public.
Museo de Arte Precolombino de Chile
Diversos contenidos del Museo Precolombino, para conocer y valorar el aporte de las culturas americanas y conectar con sus raíces indígenas a través de fotos y videos.
Romance Tropical: An Online Exhibition by Mónica Félix
The film Romance Tropical (1934) was announced as found in 2017 at the UCLA Film Archives. This now almost 90-year-old object had emerged abruptly into the future to a new era of technology.
Colección Gladys Palmera
Website and online database that features artwork, curated playlists, podcasts, and a series of articles written by music specialists, letting fans go deep into Palmera’s stunning treasure trove.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Followers can follow lives on @masp's Instagram with conversations between museum curators and guests.
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires: El Museo en Casa
Una agenda de propuestas online para acercar el museo a toda la comunidad. Visite la exposición actual, titulada Constelaciones, una exposición antológica de Remedios Varo, figura central del surrealismo y del arte fantástico latinoamericano.
Museo de Arte de Lima
A private, non-profit cultural organization devoted to the promotion of the visual arts in Peru. It houses the only representative survey collection of Peruvian art, consisting of over twelve thousand works.

 

Writing/Research

Arturita
Collaborative digital humanities project to facilitate exchange between archival communities in Latin America and the world.
ICAA: Documents of Latin American and Latino Art
Initiative dedicated to the recovery and publication of primary source materials and critical texts related to Latin American and Latinx art.
Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
A cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.
LLILAS-Benson Digital Collections
One of world’s largest collections of digital assets on Latin American Studies, which includes unique archives in the areas of human rights, indigenous languages, and the first books published in the Americas.
Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera
The latest and most ambitious phase in Princeton’s long time commitment to building and providing access to its unparalleled Latin American Ephemera Collection.
Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926
Covering more than 400 years and more than 65,000 volumes in North, Central, and South America and the West Indies, this digital collection highlights the society, politics, religious beliefs, culture, contemporary opinions, and momentous events of the time through sermons, political tracts, newspapers, books, pamphlets, maps, legislation, literature, and more.
How to Find Documentaries in Mexican Film Archives: A Quick Guide
Finding documentary cinema in the Mexican film archives can be simultaneously frustrating and rewarding, and there is no better place to begin than in the Filmoteca de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
The Latin American Library Digital Collections at Tulane University
The Latin American Library has substantially expanded its holdings to include digital surrogates of primary source materials in its Special Collections, including photographic materials, rare books, and manuscript collections.
Contigo en la distancia: Cultura desde casa
Open access collections provided by Mexico's Secretaría de Cultura during the COVID19 crisis. Includes virtual museum tours, films, and literature.
Lantern: Search, Visualize & Explore the Media History Digital Library
Search platform for the collections of the Media History Digital Library, which digitizes collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access.