February 20, 2007 – April 22, 2007
Journey through the vibrant cities of South America during the mid-twentieth century and witness the birth of Modernism in the Americas. Drawn from one of the world’s leading collections of Latin American art, this exhibition examines the dynamic visual vocabulary of Geometric Abstraction that developed in the cosmopolitan art capitals of Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and other South American cities from the 1930s through the 1970s. Featuring more than 125 works by more than 40 artists, The Geometry of Hope examines the complex history and rich creative ferment of one of the most fascinating artistic movements of the last century. A version of the exhibition will be on view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery in the fall of 2007.
The Geometry of Hope will be accompanied by a two-part symposium exploring the legacy of Latin American geometrical abstraction and the state of contemporary scholarship in the field. The first session will be held in Austin on February 17, 2007, and the second at New York University on October 5, 2007.
The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by the Eugene McDermott Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Moncrief. The accompanying catalogue and symposium are made possible by the support of the Fundación Cisneros.