Lucia Abramovich.

San Antonio Museum of Art Names Lucia Abramovich Associate Curator of Latin American Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) announced that it has hired Lucia Abramovich as the museum’s new associate curator of Latin American art. Abramovich is currently in the Ph.D. program at Tulane University, where she is working on her dissertation, titled “Precious Materiality in Colonial Andean Art: Gold, Silver, and Jewels in Paintings of the Virgin.” Following the completion of the program, she will take up the post in June.

“The San Antonio Museum of Art’s commitment to the presentation of Latin American Art spans almost forty years,” said museum director Katherine Crawford Luber. “Lucia Abramovich will step into a role defined for all American institutions by the dedication and brilliance of Marion Oettinger, Jr., 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 Latin America.”

Previously, Abramovich worked as a curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) from 2013 to 2016. At NOMA, her focus was on the research and digitization of the institution’s Spanish colonial collection—which includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, and silver, and had not been on public view for decades. Prior to joining NOMA, she held various positions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The San Antonio Museum of Art’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art encompasses more than 12,000 objects in the areas of ancient American, Spanish colonial, Republican-era, modern, contemporary, and folk art. Among her first projects at SAMA will be the reconceptualization and reinstallation of the museum’s Latin American folk art collection.

Commenting on her new role, Abramovich said: “Having grown up between Argentina and the United States in a Pan-American household, I developed a lifelong passion for Latin American art and culture. I am thrilled to begin working at the San Antonio Museum of Art, which itself brings together a range of cultures through art.”