November 7, 2007 - Grey Art Gallery at New York University - The Geometry of Hope
November 7, 2007

The Geometry of Hope

Judith Lauand, Concreto 61 (Concrete 61), 1957
Courtesy Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.


Critically Acclaimed Exhibition Closes December 8, 2007

Grey Art Gallery
New York University

100 Washington Square East

The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection comprises more than 100 works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). Together, these provide an illuminating and engaging overview of Latin American Geometric Abstraction from the 1930s to the 1970s. This is the first time that a major group of works from the CPPC–widely acknowledged to be among the finest of its kind in the world–has been on view in New York City.

The Geometry of Hope includes work by such artists as Lygia Clark, Gego, Hélio Oiticica, Alejandro Otero, Joaquín Torres-García, and others. The exhibition focuses on key cities in the development of abstraction in the Americas: Montevideo, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Caracas. In tracing the development of ideas from one socio-geographic context to another, The Geometry of Hope challenges the view of Latin American art as a single phenomenon, revealing important differences and tensions among various artistic proposals articulated during the decades under examination.

The Geometry of Hope was organized by the Blanton Museum of Art, at The University of Texas at Austin. The exhibition and its catalogue were the culminating project of the Cisneros Graduate Research Seminar at the University, a multi-year scholarly collaboration between the CPPC and the Blanton.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of interdisciplinary public programs: The Geometry of Hope: Abstraction as Cultural Expression–a Campus-wide Initiative, organized by Grey Art Gallery and NYU’s Dean for the Humanities Edward Sullivan. For more information, visit


The Caracas-based Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros focuses on modern and contemporary art from Latin America, and includes as well Latin American landscapes from the seventeenth century to the present day; Venezuelan colonial art; and the drawings, diaries, and artifacts of French artist-explorer Auguste Morisot. Works from the CPPC form the basis of diverse educational and public programming, ranging from programs for teachers and students to international symposia. For additional information, visit


Grey Art Gallery is New York University’s fine-arts museum, located on historic Washington Square Park in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Exhibitions and programs at the Gallery focus on art’s historical, cultural, and social contexts, with special emphasis on experimentation and interpretation. Exhibitions organized by the Grey have encompassed painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, photography, architecture and decorative arts, video, film, and performance. In addition to producing its own exhibitions, which often travel in the United States and abroad, the Gallery hosts traveling shows that might otherwise not be seen in
New York.

For further information about The Geometry of Hope, please contact:
Jeanne Collins & Associates, LLC, New York City, 646-486-7050 or

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Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
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Grey Art Gallery at New York University
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