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Inés Katzenstein, Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. Photo Alejandra López

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) named Ines Katzenstein as the first director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America


New York, NY

Ines Katzenstein will provide intellectual and administrative leadership to the institution as it expands its approach to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America. 

Katzenstein, who worked at the Museum early in her career, has also been appointed as Curator of Latin American Art. In this capacity she will organize major exhibitions; oversee installations of MoMA’s Latin American collection, working closely and collaboratively with all curatorial departments; and develop strategies for acquiring Latin American art for the Museum’s collections, recently enriched by an extraordinary gift of modern and contemporary works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Endowed by Gustavo Cisneros and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the Institute is poised to become the preeminent research center in the field of Latin American art, building upon MoMA’s long history of studying the artists, architects, and filmmakers of the region and acquiring and exhibiting their work. The Institute’s programs will include working with visiting scholars and fellows; presenting symposia, lectures, and education programs; and producing publications, in both print and digital formats, on subjects related to Latin American art.

Ms. Katzenstein, a native of Argentina, brings nearly two decades of curatorial and

educational experience to MoMA. In 2008 she founded the Art Department of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, with programs geared to the study and production of contemporary art. In addition to leading this department, Katzenstein has curated numerous exhibitions in Argentina and abroad, including Liliana Porter: Fotografía y ficción [Liliana Porter: Photography and Fiction] (Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2003); David Lamelas, Extranjero, Foreigner, Etranger, Aüslander (Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico, 2005) and Marcelo Pombo, un artista del pueblo (Colección Fortabat, Buenos Aires, 2015) among others. Prior to her appointment at UTDT, Katzenstein was a curator at Malba-Colección Costantini in Buenos Aires from 2004 to 2005, where she built a collection of contemporary Argentine art and organized numerous shows in the museum’s Contemporáneo program.




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