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102 Latin American Artworks, And A New Institute, Will Go To MoMA

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Waldemar Cordeiro’s “Visible Idea” (1956), one of the pieces from the collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Credit via Museum of Modern Art


Before Lygia Clark was getting major museum retrospectives; before Adriana Varejão was represented by leading galleries; before Beatriz Milhazes was achieving high prices at auction, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros was collecting Latin American art, filling the walls of her home with Modernist abstraction and contemporary works by artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Uruguay.

Over the last 16 years, Ms. Cisneros and her husband, Gustavo A. Cisneros, have donated 40 of these pieces to the Museum of Modern Art, where she has served on the board since ...

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Mexican Artist Is Challenging Sexuality And Gender Norms With Bold Illustrations

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Artist Joven Israel


Jovan Israel, a 25-year-old Mexican artist, is making it his mission to create artwork that represents the experiences of the LGBTQ community in Mexico.

The Mexican government is trying to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, and lawmakers have recently passed a series of anti-discrimination laws to protect gay rights. But members of the LGBTQ community still face several challenges within the devoutly Catholic, macho culture. Rates of transphobic violence in the country are among the world’s highest — a report this year estimated that a total of 120 transphobic murders took place in the country between 2008 and 2013.

Besides physical violence, Israel picked


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Puerto Rican Artist Creates Exhibit With A Political Edge

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A photograph from a new exhibit by Puerto Rican photographer Adál Maldonado


Being underwater in a confined space, unable to breathe, triggers an instinctual alarm—it’s uncomfortably close to actually drowning. For celebrated Puerto Rican photographer Adál Maldonado, it’s also a biting metaphor for the state of the island today.

In his new series, Puerto Ricans Underwater, Adál presents Boricuas of varying ages, lifestyles and occupations, each of them submerged in a tub, their bodies restricted by its size and their faces obscured beneath the bathwater. The resulting images are subtly eerie and chill-inducing; they evoke the shock and burn of accidentally inhaling water.

But that’s only the ...

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