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08.26.2014
Portfolio> Beyond the Supersquare
Two exhibits reexamine modernism in Latin America.
Terence Gower, SuperPuesto, 2014
Courtesy respective artists

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.

Jordi Colomer, Co-Op City, 2010.
 
   
Left to right: Alexandre Arrechea, Habana Libre, 2003; Mauro Restiffe, Oscar 12a, 2012; Fernanda Fragateiro, Muebles de bajo costo, 1950.
 

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.

The Editors

 

Mario Garcia Torres, Je ne sais si c’en est la cause, 2009.
Courtesy Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros