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Modern Architecture in Latin America

The Other of the Other

Fernando Lara, associate professor of architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Exhibition: November 18-December 2

Fernando Lara and Luis E. Carranza present an exhibition to accompany their book, Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology and Utopia, which organizes 300 buildings in timeline form. These case studies highlight concepts from the book, including their categorization and their relationships and connections to other important architectural developments and world events. The exhibition is accompanied by a talk by Professor Fernando Lara, at the Helmut Stern Auditorium in UMMA, on November 18, 6:00-7:30 PM. 

Conversation with Fernando Lara: November 18

In this talk, Fernando Lara will explore the similarities, influences, and cultural context of modern architecture in Latin America. Joined by Assistant Professor Ana Maria Leon, U-M History of Art, Professor Lara will discuss the importance of Latin American architecture and the interesting hybridization with European traditions in contemporary practice. In the second half of the 20th century, modern architectures in Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil have been extremely influential throughout the world, yet the Eurocentric history of modern architecture in the Americas has not fully explored those influences, often relegating them to a secondary status. 

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), and co-sponsored by the James and Anne Duderstadt Center and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.