Beatriz Milhazes. Succulent Eggplants. 1996. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 74 3/4 × 96 1/2″ (189.9 × 245.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Agnes Gund and Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund. © 2003 Beatriz Milhazes

This collaborative exhibition, organized by a curatorial team from MoMA and El Museo del Barrio, provides an historical overview of MoMA’s collection of Latin American art. The presentation at El Museo del Barrio comprises over 100 works in various media, including painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, and artists’ books. The first section includes major paintings and drawings by Mexicans Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, acquired by the Museum in the 1930s. The next section highlights works from throughout Latin America—by artists including Antonio Berni, Frida Kahlo, and Wifredo Lam—acquired after the creation of the Museum’s Inter-American Fund in 1942. The third focuses on the 1960s, with particular emphasis on drawings and prints by such artists as León Ferrari, Gego, and Marisol. The exhibition culminates in a presentation of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, as it continues to collect contemporary works in various media by artists including Cildo Meireles, Vik Muniz, Gabriel Orozco, and Doris Salcedo. A fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays by the curators and a range of educational programs accompany the exhibition.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bloomberg.

Major support provided by: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art; The Reed Foundation, Inc.; Joseph and Carmen Ana Unanue; Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi. Additional funding provided by: Yolanda Santos Garza; GEICO; LEF Foundation; Power Corporation of Canada; Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, Inc.; Tony Bechara; Jean Hartley Boulton; The Board of Trustees and Advisory Board of El Museo del Barrio.

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