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My photos Purple Haze (2011), La ciudad mas peligrosa del mundo (2010) and Lights on (2011), will become a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City thanks to a donation by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
The three photos belong to the Crepuscular series, in which I photograph natural and urban landscapes of Latin American cities at night and at an ambiguous moments where it is not exactly night nor day, neither dark nor light. The three photos portray three different cities: São Paulo (Brazil), Caracas and Maracay (Venezuela), and are meant to be anti-clichés: not the iconic images of each city, but rather their lesser known side, as an invitation to look at each place from a new perspective, in order to gain a new perception of it.
As part of Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros’ longstanding commitment to building bridges of understanding through education and culture, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) will donate more than 200 pieces from its collection of Latin American contemporary art to six leading museums in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Encompassing 91 artists from 22 countries, the gift is part of a long-term global initiative supported by Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros and their children to advance scholarship and promote a greater appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America. The six beneficiaries, with whom the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has developed enduring relationships, are: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires; the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin.
“My husband Gustavo—always a proponent of a global outlook—and I have made the integration of culture from Latin America into the wider narrative of art history the goal of the CPPC from its inception,” said Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Founder of the CPPC. “With our children, we want to communicate our pride in our shared cultural heritage and raise awareness about Latin American culture’s crucial contributions to the history of art. To that end, over the past four decades we have lent works, supported and organized exhibitions, provided opportunities for education and for international scholarly exchange, published books and catalogues, and built a comprehensive web site about art and ideas from Latin America. The donation of contemporary artworks continues to further this overall goal. As with past donations, we have collaborated with each institution to choose works that are relevant to their missions and expand their collections in ways that will allow them to develop a nuanced presentation of contemporary Latin American art for their audiences.”
The six institutions were selected for their established interest in studying and featuring contemporary art from Latin America; the regional influence of their art collections, exhibitions, and programs; and for serving as important references for an international artistic community. The artworks that have been selected for each museum are the result of a collaborative process designed to strengthen and expand each museum’s holdings.
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See the full list of works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gift
Mis fotos Purple Haze (2010), La ciudad más peligrosa del mundo (2010) y Lights on serán parte de la colección permanente del Museo de Arte Moderno de la ciudad de Nueva York gracias a una donación hecha por la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.