PATRICIA PHELPS DE CISNEROS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Museum of Modern Art has received a major gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which will add more than 100 works of modern art by major artists from Latin America to the Museum’s collection, and establish the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. The Cisneros Institute will be dedicated to an expansive approach to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
The gift includes 102 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, made between the 1940s and the 1990s by 37 artists working in Brazil, Venezuela, and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero, and Tomás Maldonado. They join 40 works previously given by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros over the last 16 years; Mrs. Cisneros is a longtime MoMA Trustee and a member of several acquisitions and funding committees, including the Latin American and Caribbean Fund, of which she is chairman and founder.
The Cisneros Institute, to be located at MoMA’s Midtown Manhattan campus, will offer opportunities for curatorial research and travel, host visiting scholars and artists, convene an annual international conference, and produce research publications on art from Latin America. It is poised to become the preeminent research center in the field, building on MoMA’s history of collecting, exhibiting, and studying the art and artists of the region, dating back to 1931. Today, MoMA’s collection includes more than 5,000 works by artists from Latin America.
The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift
The collective group of 142 works covers three major geographic and temporal constellations of artists working on the legacy of constructive, non-objective abstraction during the middle and second half of the 20th century. Of the 37 artists represented in the most recent donation, 21 are entering MoMA’s collection for the first time. The incorporation of these pieces will fill major gaps in the collection and deepen the understanding of art produced in the region during this period, allowing the Museum to represent a more comprehensive, plural, and robust narrative of artistic practices that demonstrate the integral role of Latin America in the establishment of modern art.
The Museum will organize and present a major exhibition of modern works drawn from the Cisneros gift within the next few years, and will publish an accompanying scholarly catalogue.
The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America
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.
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.