Today, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) announced that it is donating a little over 200 works by 91 contemporary Latin American artists to six museums: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Bronx Museum, the University of Texas Austin’s Blanton Museum, Madrid’s Museo National Centro de Arte Reina, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, and Peru’s Museo de Arte de Lima. MoMA received the largest donation of 90 works, including pieces by Carlos Amorales, Luis Camnitzer, and Regina José Galindo. The Bronx Museum’s 12 new works include a Javier Téllez and a Melanie Smith. (Rounding out the donation, the Blanton Museum received 45 works, the Reina Sofía got 39, Lima got 10, and Buenos Aires received eight.)
This is far from the first time CPPC has made such a donation. Today’s gift to MoMA follows a previous donation of 102 works of modern Latin American art to the museum in 2016, and just last year, CCPC made a donation of 119 colonial artworks to five museums, including the Blanton and Museo de Arte de Lima.
In a phone interview with Hyperallergic earlier this afternoon, CPPC’s director and chief curator, Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, explained that the organization was already in the process of negotiating a donation to MoMA when they decided to expand it to other museums as well. While CPPC already had a longstanding relationship with several of the museums, they were looking to add some new institutions to their roster, like the Bronx Museum, which has its own Latin American art collection that’s “very different from MoMA’s, but equally important,” said Perez-Barreiro.
Perez-Barreiro noted that CPPC worked with each individual museum in the selection of specific works (sometimes with a whole year of back-and-forth), so that each donation is tailored to the needs of the institution. The goal is to reinforce the strength of preexisting Latin American collections, while at the same time providing avenues for new representation, so the donations include a nice mix of “household names and younger artists.”
Those younger artists were particularly happy to hear the news this morning, the first time they were aware that their works were even up for donation. (CPPC didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, so the artists themselves weren’t a part of the process.) By the time we talked to him, Perez-Barreiro had already gotten several emails from artists “pleasantly surprised with the gift.”
Below, we’ve included a sneak peak into more works by Latin American contemporary artists that you can expect to see very soon at MoMA and the Bronx Museum.
Although Khedoori does not depict living beings, their presence is evoked in the traces they leave behind.
The Bronx Museum’s fifth biennial continues to focus its programming on individual identity, eliding the ever-divergent interests of the art market and local communities.
Part of the university’s Artists on the Future series pairing renowned artists with cultural thought leaders, this online event is free and open to the public.
While it may be strange to think of food insecurity as a basis for art, the works in Food Justice reveal barriers and injustices in food access.
Shiv would definitely have a Chihuly chandelier.
“[The art market] provides an opportunity for people to move money in a way that they can’t with other commodities,” says FBI Special Agent Chris McKeogh.
Black American Portraits features over two centuries of artworks centering Black artists and subjects.
Weisman Museum of Art Presents Highlights From the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection
An exhibition at Pepperdine University in Malibu chronicles the achievements and contributions of African Americans over the last five centuries.
A love of Black art and history was the bedrock of the friendship between Dell Marie Hamilton and Susan Denker, who had markedly different racial, economic, and generational subject positions.
With what he says is his final museum bow, Fitzpatrick shines a light on the colorful diversity that composes his city.
The question of race — however hidden, however camouflaged by the shouts of the crowds — is a constant theme and an unanswered challenge.