Fogg Art Museum,|
Mar 03, 2001 - Nov 04, 2001
Cambridge, MA, USA
Exhibition Press Release
The Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University presents more than sixty paintings, drawings, and sculptures in its groundbreaking exhibition, Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. For the first time in North America, it offers an in-depth look at an important dimension of Latin American art that until recently has been under- represented in U.S collections and exhibitions.
The exhibition is guest curated by Mary Schneider Enriquez, independent scholar and graduate of Harvard’s department of History of Art and Architecture. James Cuno is the lead curator, and Director of the Harvard University Art Museums. It has been organized in conjunction with the Fundación Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts. A fully illustrated scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition; Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. The catalogue will be published in both Spanish and English jointly by the Harvard University Art Museums and the Fundación Cisneros, and distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London. It will present a selection of the original movement manifestos and artist texts, along with essays by numerous scholars such as Yve-Alain Bois, Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Paulo Herkenhoff, Mary Schneider Enriquez, Luis Pérez Oramas, and Ariel Jiménez.
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Chairman of the Fundación Cisneros, states, "The Fundación Cisneros is committed to bringing Latin America’s rich and complex cultural heritage to people across the globe. We are enormously proud that the Harvard University Art Museums has recognized the importance of Latin American art, and has chosen to present examples of geometric abstraction from our collection. The diversity and quality of modern Latin American art often surprises those who have not had sufficient opportunity to view its achievements, and we hope that this exhibition will excite, inspire, and challenge new audiences."