SAHARA Highlights: Modernism in the Southern and Central Americas

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Sep 07, 2017

This month, we feature modernist design from Mexico to Peru, in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking parts of the Americas. Brasilia is especially well represented in SAHARA, thanks to Lisa Shrenk, but also look for QTVR panoramas taken by Dietrich Neumann. 

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Juan O’Gorman, Casa-Estudio Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo (Diego Rivera Studio Museum), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, 1929-31. Amber Wiley, photographer, 2014.

Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1953-58. Lauren Soth, photographer, 2000.

João Batista Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Sudeste, Brazil, 1961-68. Paula Mastrocola, photographer, 2006.

Augusto H. Alvarez, Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 1948-56. Amber Wiley, photographer, 2014.

Román Fresnedo Siri and Mario Muccinelli, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1948. Ana María León, photographer, 2014.

Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral, architects, David Alfaro Siqueiros, muralist, Rectoria, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Mexico City, Mexico, 1950. Dell Upton, photographer, 1987.

Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, and Roberto Burle Marx, Residential Superblock, 308 South Superquadra, Brasilia, Brazil, 1950. Lisa Shrenk, photographer, 2007. 308 is considered to be the primary superquadra because it was implemented as originally conceived and designed under President Juscelino Kubitschek.

Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, and Roberto Burle Marx, view from Chamber of Deputies of Plaça dos Três Poderes (Plaza of the Three Powers) including National Congress, Brasilia, Brazil, begun 1956. Lisa Shrenk, photographer, 2007.

Lina Bo Bardi, André Vainer, and Marcelo Ferraz, Pompéia Factory Leisure Center, São Paulo, Brazil, 1977-1986. Lisa Shrenk, photographer, 2015.

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