The Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire provides an introduction to the practice of art and the conditions of life of artists and patrons who lived in the Andean region of South America during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It includes paintings from the Carl and Marilynn Thoma collection, and the installation will be on view through February 28th, 2016.
From the Art Institute of Chicago website:
The metaphorical guide of this journey is Antonio de Ulloa (1716–95), a Spanish naval officer and cartographer who traveled to South America with a French scientific mission in the 1730s and 1740s. His portrait introduces the group of works assembled—paintings of identified sitters, signal works by important South American artists, and devotional paintings that include historical figures. Each work has its own direct link to individual biography and lived experience in the New World, offering a more personal look at the themes of exploration and discovery and bringing to life the culture and artistic production in South America as European conventions combined with indigenous traditions.