On behalf of the Hunter College Art Galleries, we are pleased to present “Gego and Gerd Leufert: a dialogue” in the newly renovated Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery. We are proud to welcome you to this intrepid show, guest curated by Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, a Hunter College art history alumna, who has continued her involvement in the arts at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. We are exceedingly grateful to President Jennifer J. Raab for her ceaseless support in programming Latin American art at Hunter College.
This thrilling exhibition offers a rare opportunity to showcase the works of Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt, Venezuelan, born Hamburg, Germany, 1912–1994) and Gerd Leufert (1914–1998, Venezuelan, born Memel, Lithuania), two artists who were partners in life and shared a parallel dialogue in their creative visions. Not only does this pairing highlight the distinct artistic development and reciprocal influence between these two artists, but also reinforces Hunter College’s dedication to expanding its scholarship in Latin American art and art history, and deepening student, faculty, and community engagement.
Such a show provides a stimulating space for students to interact with the works of Gego and Gerd Leufert; they might even form their own dialogues concerning the crucial interplay between these two artists who helped shape Latin American modern art.
“Gego and Gerd Leufert: a dialogue” has been made possible by our generous supporters, old and new alike. Hunter College is immensely grateful to Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the ISLAA (Institute for Studies on Latin American Art), the GPM Fund, Solita Mishaan, Andrea and José Olympio Pereira, and the Sicardi Gallery, Houston. Generous ongoing support for the Hunter College Art Galleries from Carol Goldberg, Agnes Gund, and an anonymous donor has been transformative in the creation of this unique exhibition.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to “Gego and Gerd Leufert: a dialogue,” as it heralds a bright future for Hunter College’s persistent interest, research, and endeavors in investigating the rich landscape of Latin American art.
— Joachim Pissarro
Bershad Professor of Art History, Hunter College, The City University of New York Director of the Hunter College Art Galleries