Exhibit: Architecture In Latin America

Sixty years ago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened a landmark exhibition: Latin American Architecture Since 1945. That survey of the region’s buildings was part of a larger, Rockefeller-backed advocacy of Latin American culture at the museum during the first years of the cold war – but since then, MoMA has never again mounted a full-scale study of the region’s architecture. Now, at last, we have a successor. Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, a thumping new exhibition four years in the making, features more than 500 objects from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and six other countries – and it confirms that nowhere on the planet witnessed as much experimentation in building arts and urban design. Where the 1955 show relied solely on photographs, this one includes models, films, drawings, blueprints and all sorts of ephemera.

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