Mari Carmen Ramírez
Mari Carmen Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Previously, she was curator of Latin American art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin (1989–2000) and director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico (1985–88). Ramírez has curated numerous exhibitions of Latin American art including Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time (2011); Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood (2009-10); North Looks South: Building the Latin American Collection (2009); Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil: The Adolpho Leirner Collection (2007); Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color (2006-07); Gego: Between Transparency and the Invisible (2005-07); Heterotopías: medio siglo sin lugar: 1918-1968 (with Héctor Olea, 2000); Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin (1999). In tandem with Héctor Olea, she curated Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America (MFAH, 2004) awarded by the International Association of Art Critics as the “Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally” in the USA. In 1997 Ramírez received the Peter Norton Family Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence.