Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Contemporary Art

First Advisor

Eric Wolf

Second Advisor

Stephanie JeanJean


This thesis critically evaluates key initiatives in New York from 2002 to 2023, notably "Brazil: Body and Soul" and "Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil" at institutions like the Guggenheim and MoMA, highlighting potential shortcomings in representing Brazilian culture accurately. Additionally, it discusses exhibitions like "Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil" at the New Museum and “The Yanomami Struggle” at The Shed for their unique approaches to showcasing Brazilian art. The methodology involves analyzing significant exhibitions in New York from 2000 to 2023, evaluating their efforts to globalize Brazilian art, and understanding their global impact. However, it is important to acknowledge limitations. While focusing on New York due to its prominence in the art scene, tracking global initiatives from 2000 onwards would offer a broader perspective on the representation of Brazilian art. However, this is outside academic policies and time constraints. Ultimately, this paper aims to address obstacles faced by global museums when representing Brazil while contributing to academic research that enhances the understanding of Brazilian art abroad. By offering scholarly literature on marginalized perspectives, is possible to create a more inclusive and equitable global art landscape.