Contemporary Art from Portugal features works by six artists that reflect the range and vitality of contemporary art in Portugal. The exhibition is part of the Month of Portugal, a nationwide initiative developed by the Embassy of Portugal to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country in June. The exhibition coincides with a planned state visit by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Tragic Maritime History (História Trágico Marítima) (detail), 1983, Álvaro Lapa, (Portuguese 1939­­–2006) tempera, gouache and pencil on paper. Fundação Luso-Americana
Untitled, 1967, Ruy Leitão (Portuguese, 1949-1976), felt pen on paper. Work © Ruy Leitão. Image courtesy Fundação LusoAmericana.
Untitled, circa 1979, Fernando Calhau (Portuguese, 1948-2002), charcoal on paper. Work © Fernando Calhau. Image courtesy Fundação Luso-Americana.
Untitled, 1998, Jorge Quieroz (Portuguese, born 1966), graphite on paper. Work © Jorge Quieroz. Image courtesy Fundação Luso-Americana.
View of the works in the gallery
Additional view of the works in the gallery

Featured works include Helena Almeida’s Desenho Habitado (Inhabited Drawing )—a 1977 photographic series that encapsulates the artist’s ability to walk the line between photography, illustration, and performance—as well as a selection of works spanning multiple decades and mediums by the late Álvaro Lapa, who is considered to be the father of contemporary art in Portugal. Visitors will also discover a variety of paintings, photographs, and works on paper by Fernando Calhau, Ruy Leitão, José Luís Neto, and Jorge Queiroz.

The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal and the Fundação Luso-Americana (Luso-American Development Foundation), a private foundation created in 1986 with the mission of strengthening cultural and economic ties between Portugal and the United States.