El Dorado: Myths of Gold

   January 24, 2024 - May 18, 2024
   Americas Society, New York, NY

Unidentified artist, Our Lady of La Antigua, 18th century, Oil and gold on canvas, Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, engravings, and videos that offer new interpretations and questions about the myth. Since Europeans’ invasion of the Americas, rumors spread quickly about a kingdom filled with gold, driving conquistadores to find it. Despite never being found, the mythical El Dorado defined the continent as an empty land up for grabs. El Dorado: Myths of Gold brings together artworks and artists that engage with the myth to evaluate its continuity into the present, sometimes offering a critical view and a path of resistance.

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