Two New York museums will collectively receive more than 100 works of contemporary Latin American art in a gift from a prominent program devoted to such work.
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
is donating 90 works to the Museum of Modern Art and 12 to the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The collection program, founded by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a longtime MoMA trustee, aims to integrate more Latin American art into museums.
“For too long Latin America was considered a marginal or derivative area of art and culture, but now people are realizing that this is not the case,” Ms. Cisneros said via email.
The program didn’t provide an estimated value of the contributed works.
This isn’t the first time Ms. Cisneros has made a major gift to a New York museum through her program. In 2016, the program contributed more than 100 works to MoMA, a gift that museum Director
called “transformative” at the time.
Mr. Lowry said the new gift will be of significance as well. While the previous contribution focused on works from the ’50s and ’60s by artists from a handful of Latin American nations, the current one emphasizes an eclectic array of more contemporary pieces by artists from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
“It’s much more pan-continental,” said Mr. Lowry of the new gift.
Along with the contributions to MoMA and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the program is also donating about 100 other works to museums spread throughout the U.S. States, Europe and South America.
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