new-york

Ante-America

Queens Museum

Ante-America,” translated in the catalogue as “Regarding America,” is a group show of Latin American art curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Rachel Weiss, and Carolina Ponce de Leon; it originated in Bogotá, Colombia and is currently at the Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Alongside the more ambitious show at the Museum of Modern Art, “Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century,” and the related show, “Space of Time: Contemporary Art from the Americas,” at the Americas Society, it offered New York an extraordinary opportunity to attempt to come to terms with a cultural presence that to white Americans has always seemed less interesting than Europe.

The very category of “Latin American art” has recently been criticized as a stereotype on the grounds that it ignores the diversity of Latin American societies and traditions. This show, however, is not very vulnerable to such criticism, as

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