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Condemned to be Modern

September 20, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Guest Curator: Clara Kim

As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will present Condemned to be Modern, a group exhibition that brings together the work of 21 contemporary artists who have responded critically to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America. In work produced during the last two decades, these artists explore the effects, contradictions, and contested legacies of modernism in Brazil, Cuba and Mexico as expressed through ambitious construction of government buildings, public housing, schools, universities, and even new cities during moments of radical political and social change. The architecture and urban planning of these moments continue to serve as critical reference points for artists including Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico), Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Leonor Antunes (Portugal/Germany), Alexander Apostol (Venezuela/Spain), among others. Together, these artists explore the connection of modernist architecture with political ideologies, social values, and contemporary reality, engendering dialogue about the role of government and public policy on the development, preservation, and use of the built environment.



Featuring Eduardo Abaroa, Jonathas de Andrade, Leonor Antunes, Alexander Apostol, Alexandre Arrechea, Los Carpinteros, Ramiro Chaves, Felipe Dulzaides, Carlos Garaicoa, Terence Gower, Tamar Guimarães, Lucia Koch, Runo Lagomarsino, Renata Lucas, Manuel Piña, Mauro Restiffe


Images: (top) Mauro Restiffe, Empossamento #9, 2003, Gelatin silver print.

Photo: Courtesy the artist and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel

(below) Melanie Smith, Still from Fordlandia, 2014, Video Full HD, 29:42 min., Courtesy the artist