2023 Partnerships and Events

Special Exhibition

On view at The American Academy of Arts and Letters
633 West 155th Street

Open to the public from 1-5 pm on January 28-30, 2022


400 Years of Drawings from the
Hispanic Society Museum & Library


José Clemente Orozco, Study for the Mural "Man on Fire" for the Cupola in the Museo Hospicio Cabañas, charcoal on paper, 1937-1939.
Gift of Michael and Salma Wornick. Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York.

A selection of nearly two dozen drawings will be exhibited from the collections of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. These drawings were executed by artists as preparatory drawings for other works of art, such as frescos, tapestries, paintings, and architectural-sculptural ensembles. This exhibit will complement the recently donated José Clemente Orozco drawings to the Hispanic Society and will also feature earlier Mexican drawings by Rafael Ximeno y Planes and Juan Rodriguez Juárez.

To give visitors a fuller sense of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library's expansive and diverse holdings, the exhibition will also feature drawings by notable artists from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America from the 17th to the 20th century, including Jusepe de Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Alonso Cano, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, and Francisco (Pancho) Fierro.

400 Years of Master Drawings from Hispanic Society Museum & Library was organized by Dr. Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, Paintings & Drawings, Hispanic Society.

Savona Bailey-McClain of the West Harlem Art Fund joins Dr. Orlando Hernández-Ying, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Curatorial Research Fellow for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Fellowship, Hispanic Society Museum & Library and Dr. Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, Paintings, Drawings, and Metalworks, Hispanic Society Museum & Library to view the recently acquired José Clemente Orozco drawings.


The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with the object of establishing a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of the Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. The collections of the Hispanic Society are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside of Spain, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America, into the 20th century. There are more than six thousand drawings and watercolors from the Renaissance through the 20th century at the Hispanic Society.

We invite MDNY attendees to travel to Washington Heights to visit an intimate exhibition of drawings from the Hispanic Society collection, including a group of José Clemente Orozco drawings recently donated to the museum. Since the Hispanic Society is currently undergoing major renovations, the drawings will be on view at The American Academy of Arts and Letters, just next door to the Hispanic Society.


The Hispanic Society Library & Museum
The American Academy of Arts and Letters
633 West 155th Street



Thank you to The American Academy of Arts and Letters for hosting this exhibition.