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“Beyond the Supersquare”

Livia Corona, 45,547 Homes for Mexico Ixtapaluca, 2007, C-print, 30 × 40". From the series “Two Million Homes for Mexico,” 2003–.

IT’S BEEN A BANNER YEAR for Latin American art in New York, with the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective of Lygia Clark just one of the many recent highlights.Unfortunately, the complex themes addressed by Latin American artists are often lost in the regional surveys and monographic exhibitions most commonly mounted by large institutions. But the curators of “Beyond the Supersquare” at the Bronx Museum of the Arts—Holly Block, the museum’s director, and María Inés Rodríguez, director of the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, France—provide a refreshing thematic approach, focusing on what they describe as the “indelible influence” of Latin American and Caribbean modern architecture on contemporary art. Indeed, architecture has long played an outsize role in the region’s cultures, manifesting collective responses to colonialism and political unrest in projects

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