Cover image including typography of the book's title, along with a full-bleed image of an Helio Oiticica work from 1972. The photograph features a figure standing barefoot at the New York Chelsea Piers, wearing one of Oiticica's "parangole," tactile artworks meant to be activated by their wearer.
  • Aimé Iglesias Lukin
  • Harper Montgomery
  • Yasmin Ramirez
  • Abigail Lapin Dardashti
  • Tie Jojima
  • Karen Marta



432 pages

ISBN 9781879128507

6 3/4 × 9 in.

One of the Best Art Books of 2022, according to The New York Times.

ISLAA is the co-publisher, with Americas Society, of This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975, by Aimé Iglesias Lukin, with essays by Harper Montgomery, Yasmin Ramirez, and Abigail Lapin Dardashti.

This Must Be the Place is the first publication to present the stories of Latin American artists who migrated to New York City in the mid-sixties and shaped the cultural production of that era. These artists anchored collaborative networks of artistic and political activity, embracing issues of individual and diasporic identity, experimenting across an array of artistic media, and reckoning with the failure of postwar American utopianism as they contended with formidable structural barriers.

Published in the context of a two-part exhibition of the same name, This Must Be the Place is a fully illustrated volume compiling testimonies of these artists from interviews and primary sources, rare archival material, photographs, images of artworks, sketches, and press clippings into a critical reevaluation of contemporary American art in its formation. This Must Be the Place offers readers a dynamic, candid, and historically rich perspective on the invaluable contributions of Latin American artists in shaping New York into the global art center it is today.


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