CPPC exhibition at Museo Amparo

February 9, 2019 to July 22, 2019

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Terrace view from the Museo Amparo, Puebla

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), in collaboration with the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico, present the forthcoming exhibition Portadores de sentido––Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which will be on view at the museum from February 9 to July 22, 2019.

Portadores de sentido brings together 70 contemporary artists from 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean whose works were acquired by the CPPC between 1990 and 2015. The exhibition is curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, former Curator of Contemporary Art at the CPPC and now the Director of the Witte de With Contemporary Art Center in Rotterdam; Sara Meadows, Project Manager at the CPPC, is the Assistant Curator for this exhibition.

The curatorial premise of this project originates from dialogues between contemporary art and the other areas that comprise the CPPC’s holdings: Modernism, Colonial Art, 19th Century Traveler Art, and ethnographic objects from the Orinoco River Basin. Regarding contemporary artists as analytical and sensitive thinkers about their environment who, along with their works, are bearers of meaning—portadores de sentido—Hernández Chong Cuy identified four recurring themes in this show:

  • Ethnographic theories and methods
  • Geography and territory
  • The urban environment
  • The social impact of media and mass communication

A number of the artists included in Portadores de sentido have made short audio recordings in which they discuss their works on view. These are accessible in the gallery via cellphone through a link printed on the associated wall label, and through the CPPC’s website.

An exhibition guide will be published including images and didactic texts representing all the work in Portadores de sentido. It will be available for purchase at the Museo Amparo.