The goals of the Cisneros Institute are to conduct research on the visual arts, film, media, performance, architecture, and design of the region, placing the works in their local and global contexts; to place special emphasis on research that is designed to enhance MoMA’s collection of art from the region, both to deepen knowledge of previously acquired works and to facilitate future acquisitions and programs; to manage related educational initiatives, including seminars, symposia, lectures, and other public programs, and support a fellowship program that will bring scholars, curators, and artists from the region and beyond to participate and assist in this research; to foster long-term strategic partnerships with modern and contemporary art institutions throughout the world that are interested in art from Latin America; and to publish the results of its research, in both printed and digital formats, so as to make these findings available to the Museum’s diverse audiences.

3 works from Cisneros gift

The Cisneros Institute will further develop the program of research conducted by the Latin American component of C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age), which MoMA initiated in 2009, and will facilitate the initiatives of the Museum’s Latin American and Caribbean Fund in providing for the research of works of art.

Images, Top: Mira Schendel, (Brazilian, born Switzerland. 1919–1988). Graphic Object. 1967. Transfertype, graphite, and ink on paper, and acrylic sheets, 39 1/4 × 39 1/4 × 3/8″ (99.8 × 99.8 × 1 cm). Left: Waldemar Cordeiro (Brazilian, 1925–1973). Visible Idea. 1956. Acrylic on plywood, 23 9/16 × 23 5/8” (59.9 × 60 cm). Center: Carlos Cruz-Diez, (Venezuelan, born 1923). Project for an Exterior Wall. 1954–1965. Painted dowels and synthetic polymer paint on wood, 15 3/4 × 21 3/4 × 2 1/2” (40 × 55.2 × 6.4 cm). Right: Juan Melé, (Argentine, 1923–2012). Irregular Frame No. 2. 1946. Oil on plywood, 28 × 19 3/4 × 1” (71.1 × 50.2 × 2.5 cm)