The San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas has hired Lucia Abramovich as associate curator of Latin American art. Abramovich, who has held positions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection at Harvard University, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will join the institution in June.
In her role at the museum, whose Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art comprises more than 12,000 objects, Abramovich will manage and reinstall its Latin American Folk Art collection. She succeeds Marion Oettinger, who was named curator emeritus of Latin American art.
From 2013 to 2016, Abramovich worked as a curatorial fellow for Spanish Colonial art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she focused on researching and digitizing the Spanish Colonial collection. She will receive her Ph.D. from Tulane University in April, and her dissertation is titled “Precious Materiality in Colonial Andean Art: Gold, Silver, and Jewels in Paintings of the Virgin.”
Abramovich said in a statement that “having grown up between Argentina and the United States in a Pan-American household developed my lifelong passion for Latin American art. I am thrilled to begin working at the San Antonio Museum of Art. I am excited about exploring how material culture can help us better understand the lives of different peoples, past and present.”
Katherine Crawford Luber, director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, added that “the San Antonio Museum’s commitment to the presentation of Latin American art spans almost 40 years. Lucia will step into a role defined for all American institutions by the dedication and brilliance of Marion Oettinger, whose leadership and dedication defined the field as we presently know it. Lucia will be a worthy successor and will continue the museum’s broad and deep engagement with the arts of all of Latin America.”