The Prado Museum Expansion: The Diverse Art of Latin America

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The game opens in 2010, shortly after the world-renowned Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain completed its expansion project, an ambitious plan that reorganized the physical design of the main building and created additional exhibition space. With an eye to diversifying its predominantly national Spanish-centered collection, the Prado Museum decides to curate a new gallery of Latin American paintings from the 20th and early 21st century. What makes the art of Latin America unique? Which artists are considered representative of Latin American Art? What is the place of Latin American Art in the global art world today? To help answer these questions, the Prado Museum administration has set into motion a series of negotiation sessions to determine which paintings will be chosen for the new gallery. Artists and art dealers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay have arrived in Madrid to advocate for their paintings' stylistic and historical importance.

The Prado game provides a diachronic introduction to the diverse styles and movements (Cubism, Constructivism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Mexican Muralism, Indigenismo, Abstract Expressionism, Hyperrealism, Chicano Art, Street Art, and Naïf Art) that have influenced our understanding of Latin America art from the early 1900s to the new millennium. Taking on the roles of museum curators, docents, marketing directors, Patrons of the Arts, private art collectors, artists, and art dealers, players will learn how to identify the formal elements of Latin American painting and immerse themselves in the complex dynamics of the international art world. Discussions will focus on a variety of issues, including the influence of European colonialization, the limitations of geographic boundaries, diverse representations of indigenous, Afro-Latino and female subjects, and the place of public art within museum culture. The game is designed to be played in English or Spanish.  

Bridget V. Franco is associate professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Franco’s research interests include memory and resistance in Southern Cone narrative, visual art, and film, and she regularly integrates experiential and community-based learning in her courses. She has published on Argentine and Chilean film and literature and is the author of United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation. Franco is also the creator of Cineglos, a digital Spanish-language film glossary.