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Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Donates 202 Works to MoMA and Other Museums

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a board member at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and a major collector of Latin American art, has announced that she will gift 202 pieces to six museums—ninety of which will be going to MoMA, writes Andrew R. Chow of the New York Times. The other institutions receiving works by artists such as Luis Camnitzer (Uruguay), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Amalia Pica (Argentina), and Jac Leirner (Brazil), are New York’s Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin; the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires.

Ninety-one artists from twenty-two countries throughout Latin America are represented in the gift (in 2016, MoMA received a historic donation of more than one hundred works of Latin American art from Cisneros). In a phone interview with the Times, Cisneros said that she had spent the last forty years of her life collecting art with the aim of delivering it to a broader global audience.

“She has been a catalyst in transforming the way the MoMA thinks about Latin American art,” said Glenn D. Lowry, the museum’s director. “In a way, [this donation is] even more important than the first gift.”