Colección Cisneros
  • Chapter 1: Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, A Passion for Latin America

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    Forty years ago, Patricia “Patty” Phelps de Cisneros saw that Latin American artists were worthy of international attention. Growing up in the sophisticated and cosmopolitan city of mid-century Caracas, Venezuela, Patty’s eye was formed by the abstraction favored by the artists whose work could be seen everywhere in that city.

    As she traveled with her husband, Gustavo Cisneros, she became aware of outstanding artists in other Latin American countries, and she made it her mission to change art history’s mind about Latin American art. Working with Gustavo to formulate the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), she became a catalyst for the recognition of Latin America’s contributions global art history. The couple decided to launch an extensive, international program of lending works from the collection so that they could be seen by large numbers of people across the world; the CPPC partnered with scholars and other institutions to further knowledge about art from the region; published a number of books about the collection as well as in-depth conversations with individual artists; and the CPPC launched a website that serves as a lively, journal-format online forum for art and ideas for Latin America. Show less
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    The seventh edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros (#SeminarioFC), Disruptions: Dilemmas Regarding the Image in Contemporaneity, conceptualized and directed by Ileana Ramírez, Program Director of the CPPC, took place on March 16, 2018, at Centro Cultural Chacao, in Caracas.

    As in previous editions, the seminar program includes a wide range of presentation formats, from lectures to workshops and editorial contributions. It also involves several collaborators in the conceptualization and creation of parallel programs such as architectural tours and film and video cycles. The main event of this seminar is a one-day conference.
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  • #SeminarioFC 2017 Play all

    The international conference Show and Tell: Systems in the 1960s, exhibitions in the 1990s, projects for 2020 will examine influential cultural producers and ground-breaking exhibitions in Latin America, and presents cultural proposals for the near future in Venezuela. Specifically, the first part of the seminar draws attention to artistic communities, art exhibitions, and cultural institutions active in the 1960s and 1990s; the second part of Show and Tell is devoted to imagining projects that might be created in Venezuela in the year 2020. Through presenting case studies, Show and tell aims to elucidate the context in which cultural production is developed.

    The Seminario Fundación Cisneros (#SeminarioFC) Show and Tell, originally scheduled for November 4, 2016, was rescheduled and took place March 17, 2017 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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    After Landscape: Perspectives and Traces of the Traveler is the fifth edition of the annual Seminario Fundación Cisneros (#SeminarioFC). The seminar takes the form of an all-day conference, featuring presentations on the subject of landscape by artists, curators, writers, and historians. Each participant will focus less on the drawing of landscape than on drawing from landscape to locate its political nature. Landscape will be explored with a forensic rather than a merely contemplative eye to better comprehend the history of a place, as well as the place of the observer. As in past years, the seminar inspires parallel programming that involves institutional collaborations and engages diverse communities in Caracas and beyond.
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