The modern movement began with universal aspirations for an architecture that could be built in any part of the world. Latin America quickly became a proving ground for modernism, and architects and designers began adapting its forms and materials to suit the climate and context. Many Latin American and Caribbean governments embraced the style as a symbol of their progressive values. A new exhibition at the Bronx Museum, Beyond the Supersquare, presents work by artists who look critically at the legacy of modernism in Latin America (The Architect’s Newspaper is a media sponsor for the exhibition). The exhibition includes photography, drawings, video, and installations, which examine how modern architecture and urbanism benefited the populace but also shaped and sometimes reinforced socio-economic and political differences.
On June 14, the museum also opened SuperPuesto, a new temporary pavilion designed by Terence Gower, which will serve as a space for educational and public programs related to Beyond The Supersquare. SuperPuesto is located at the Andrew Freedman Home Garden at 1125 Grand Concourse at 166th Street in the Bronx.