NY | Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 at MoMA


60 years after its first major event dedicated to Latin American architecture, from March 29 to July 19, 2015, the MoMA, Museum of Modern Art in New York presents the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.

The exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective on architectural creativity in the sub-region, from Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego, from Mexico to Cuba, during the period from 1955 to the eighties.
The new exhibition, differently from the first one that was mainly based on photographs, features a very diverse set of documents, many previously unseen: architectural blueprints, scale models, historical photos and videos, on loan from design studios and universities; integrated by newly-made models of key buildings.


Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal

moma-latinamerica-three powers

Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Plaza of the three powers, Brasilia, Brazil, 1958-1960. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Though the exhibition is mainly focused on the 1955-1989 period, an ample introductory section is dedicated to the previous decades and presents a series of videos, created by filmmaker and producer Joey Forsyte from historical footage, depicting the urban transformation of the region’s capital cities, two university campuses in  Mexico City and Caracas and the creation of Brasilia.

moma-latinamerica-hotel machu picchu

Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré (Peruvian, 1926–2014). (Peruvian, 1926–2014). Hotel in Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (Project). 1969. Perspective. © Archivo Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré.

moma-latinamerica-museum modern art

Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1934-1947. ©Núcleo de Documentação e Pesquisa – Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


Images, courtesy of MoMA.
Cover image:
Oscar Niemeyer. Cathedral Under Construction, Brasilia, Brazil. Photographer: Unknown. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal .

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.
temporary exhibitionfrom March 29 to July 19, 2015

sponsored links

copyright Inexhibit 2020 - ISSN: 2283-5474