ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award

2020 ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award Winner

Jennifer Josten, Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico (Yale University Press, 2018).

Honorable Mention:

Kaira M. Cabañas, Learning From Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art (University of Chicago Press, 2018).


Competition for the 2021 ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award

The Association for Latin American Art is pleased to sponsor the Annual ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award for an especially distinguished scholarly book published on the art of Latin America from the Pre-Columbian era to the present. The award is generously funded by the Arvey Foundation and consists of a citation and a $1,000 honorarium. We will present the award at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York in February 2021. The name of the recipient will appear in the newsletters of both ALAA and CAA.

For the February 2020 Award, we will evaluate books on Latin American Art from Pre-Columbian to the present that meet the following criteria:

  • Publication date between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020
  • Books may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese
  • Books may have one or more authors

The books will be evaluated by a three-person committee of accomplished art historians, each with expertise in a wide geographical and temporal range (Claudia Calirman, Claudia Brittenham, and Ray Hernández-Durán).

Please contact  ( by October 1, 2020, to verify whether a prospective entry is eligible for the competition according to the above criteria. If the book is eligible, he will provide mailing addresses for the three committee members. Copies of books are to be sent directly to each, and must be received no later than November 15, 2020.


Questions may be addressed to Dr. Claudia Calirman at

Book Award Committee
Claudia Calirman, Chair, 2018-2021
Claudia Brittenham, 2019-2022
Ray Hernández-Durán, 2020-2023

Book Award Recipients