The heart of the CU Art Museum’s diverse collection is comprised of Latin American art. In 1939, a generous gift of 19th and 20th century santos from South America and the American Southwest necessitated the creation of a University museum in which to display and care for them.
The collection now includes a growing number of types of Latin-American art, including mid 20th-century Mexican paintings and works on paper by artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Luis Covarrubias, Gunther Gerzso, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and others.
Another area of emphasis is work by contemporary Latin American artists in mediums such as video and sculpture. Oscar Muñoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Arreola, and Fernanda Brunet are some of the late 20th- and early 21st-century artists represented in the collection.