Exhibition: Boundless Reality

October 30, 2015 to January 23, 2016


The galleries will be closed Wednesday, November 25–Friday, November 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Americas Society and the Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to announce the opening on October 30, 2015 of Boundless Reality: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, a selection of rarely seen paintings, works on paper, photographs, and books—from the unique holdings of a little-known part of the CPPC that Gustavo Cisneros and his wife Patricia began collecting in 1997— that describe the beauty and complexity of life in Mexico, Central, and South America in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Harper Montgomery, the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor of Latin American Art at Hunter College, and students from her master’s course, Curatorial Practicum: Subjectivity and the Nineteenth-Century Latin American Landscape. Boundless Reality features more than 150 works by artists from Europe, the United States, and Latin America, ranging from 1638 to 1887. It will be shown simultaneously at the Americas Society Art Gallery and the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter College through January 23, 2016.

The show includes drawings, watercolors, paintings, photographs, and books by key figures including Ferdinand Bellermann, Frederic Edwin Church, Marc Ferrez, Auguste Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and José María Velasco among others. Two paintings in the exhibition by Frans Post and a book by Willem Piso predate the nineteenth century, but most of the works in the exhibition were made during the 1830s, ’40s, and ’50s, the years following the Latin American wars of independence.

Boundless Reality: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection is organized in two distinct but related sections. Hunter College’s Leubsdorf Gallery will present works that convey to what extent the European tradition of landscape painting underwent changes in the process of being applied to represent Latin American landscapes. Auguste Morisot’s 1886 expedition up the Orinoco River serves as the centerpiece of Americas Society Art Gallery’s component of the exhibition, which includes photographs, drawings, and prints. Morisot’s archive exemplifies the emergence of photography in the nineteenth century and its relationship to the conventions of painting and representing the exotic landscape.

Various public programs related to Boundless Reality will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition.

For more information about Boundless Reality, please visit the exhibition page.

In addition, a related publication, Traveler Artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, edited by Katherine Manthorne, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

For more information about Traveler Artists, please visit the publication page


Hunter College
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery

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New York, NY 10065

Americas Society
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