Friday, June 12, 2009

ARTstor and Colección Patricia Phelps De Cisneros announce partnership

ARTstor and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) have announced a collaboration through which the CPPC will share hundreds of images of colonial, modern, and contemporary Latin American art through the ARTstor Digital Library. The partnership will broaden educational and scholarly access to these important works, which include examples by such major artists as Helio Oiticica, Tomás Maldonado, Lygia Pape, and Joaquín Torres-Garcia. These images augment ARTstor's representation of Latin America, a rapidly growing area of research and teaching in dozens of disciplines, including the visual arts, world history, politics, and economics.

Announcing the collaboration, Neil Rudenstine, chairman of the ARTstor Board of Trustees, said, "The Colección Patricia Phelps Cisneros is a remarkable creation, dedicated to a greater worldwide understanding of the treasure of Latin American art. Enabling ARTstor to include these works in its Digital Library is not only a generous act in itself, but one that will be invaluable to the thousands of students, faculty, and others who use ARTstor for educational purposes in many parts of the world."

This collection relates to courses of study across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The ARTstor community will now be able to access high-quality photographs from around the world, covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics, news events, disasters and conflict, from the late 1930s to the present day. From the Spanish Civil War to the Gulf War, from Marilyn Monroe to Paul Newman, from John Updike to Toni Morrison, from Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the crisis in Chechnya, these images capture wars, celebrities, authors, fashion designers, and defining moments in our shared history.

CPPC founder Patricia Phelps de Cisneros states, "The CPPC is thrilled to work with ARTstor, which provides an unparalleled service to curators and scholars worldwide. This partnership represents great progress in fulfilling the CPPC's goal of fostering awareness of and scholarship on the full spectrum of Latin American art and culture."

The CPPC is the core visual-arts program of the Fundación Cisneros, a private philanthropic organization committed to improving education in Latin America and increasing global awareness of the breadth of Latin America's contributions to world culture. Founded by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros, in association with the Cisneros Group of Companies, the Fundación Cisneros builds innovative programs and partnerships with international reach. The CPPC was established to advance scholarship on Latin American art, promote excellence in visual-arts education, and encourage a high level of expertise among Latin American art professionals. It achieves these goals through exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, online access, grants, and multifaceted education programs.

The nonprofit ARTstor Digital Library comprises one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences, along with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes. The ARTstor Digital Library is used by educators, scholars, and students at a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, museums, public libraries, and K-12 schools.

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