Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

February 9–July 22, 2019

Curator: Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Assistant Curator: Sara Meadows

Portadores de sentido presents a broad range of contemporary art by artists from Latin America and the Caribbean from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). The work in the exhibition is informed by artistic research that elicits narratives, resources and associations with a number of disciplines. With these in mind, the exhibition has been organized into four groupings, each one of which borrows methodology or derives inspiration from areas of inquiry beyond aesthetics.

The first grouping, Insertions, concerns ethnography and its theories; the second, Excursions, is an analysis of geography; the third, Concrete Environments, considers the implications of urbanism; and the final group, Mediations, addresses media and mass communication. The exhibition emphasizes the artists’ analytical and sensitive responses to a given environment, and how artworks are experienced as bearers of meaning (portadores de sentido) across time and place. Portadores de sentido presents more than 100 artworks acquired between 1990 and 2015 that are representative of the diversity of artistic concerns emerging in Latin America during that time.

Beyond a common geographical determination, the concept of the artist as purveyor of meaning runs through the five collecting areas of the CPPC. Besides contemporary art, the CPPC’s other four collection areas–modernism, colonial art, traveler art from the 16th to 19th centuries, and ethnographic objects from the Orinoco River Basin–reflect a wide range of research and material from Latin America. The concerns of each of these four other areas find renewed expressions in contemporary artistic practice. From the collection of modernist art, specializing in geometric abstraction, we find an impetus to experiment with forms of artmaking in a perceptual and rational idiom; in dialogue with the colonial period, there is an emphasis on the sacred and secular uses of art; from the collection of traveler art, there is a focus on the artist as an explorer dedicated to the task of field research and the registration of landscape; and relating to the Orinoco collection, the consideration of the foundational role of everyday and ceremonial materials in both anthropology and aesthetics.

Museo Amparo
Museo Amparo is a private institution founded in memory of Amparo Rugarcía de Espinosa in 1991 by Manuel Espinosa Yglesias and his daughter Ángeles Espinosa Yglesias Rugarcía through Fundación Amparo with the commitment to preserve, research, display, and disclose Pre-Columbian, colonial, modern, and contemporary Mexican art. Currently, Museo Amparo displays its Pre-Columbian art collection, considered one of the most important in Mexico in a private institution. In addition to the collection of works of colonial, 19th and 20th century art, it has an ongoing program of Mexican and international temporary exhibitions as well as an intensive program of academic, artistic, educational, and ludic activities for all age groups.

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Founded in the 1970s by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros, the CPPC is based in New York City and Caracas. Its mission is to enhance appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America, and to advance scholarship of the material culture of the Ibero-American world, ranging from the ethnographic to the contemporary.

Museo Amparo 
2 Sur 708 Centro Histórico 72000 Puebla, Pue. México
Sundays and Mondays free admission
Hours: Wednesday–Monday 10am–6pm,
Saturday 10am–9pm