The snapshots and commentaries in Dispatches document research visits made by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to sites across the region, and record the people and art he encounters.

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Dispatch: Dominican Republic

View of Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic
View of Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic

In an on-the-road communiqué from the Dominican Republic, curator Pablo León de la Barra identifies some significant people and places in Santo Domingo, whose museums are notably out of step with the contemporary mainstream, visits artists on the outskirts of the city, and drops in to Santiago de los Caballeros. More

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Dispatch: Ecuador

A modernist building in the city center of Guayaquil, Ecuador
A modernist building in the city center of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Report number eight from Pablo Léon de la Barra’s research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to three locales in Ecuador: Guayaquil, the nation’s largest city and home to many tropical modernist buildings; Quito, the capital; and Cuenca, known as Ecuador’s cultural city. More

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Dispatch: Panama

Panama City. Photo: Courtesy Johann Wolfschoon
Panama City. Photo: Courtesy Johann Wolfschoon

Pablo Léon de la Barra's seventh report from his research travel across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to key sites in Panama. Here at the continental crossroads, young artists, curators, and gallerists work against a backdrop of colonial-era houses, high-rise towers, and the century-old Panama Canal. More

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Dispatch: Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, capital of the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico
Old San Juan, capital of the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico

Report number six from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to cultural hotspots in Puerto Rico. There, artists and organizers are finding creative ways to persevere against the backdrop of an economy in crisis, often by drawing on the country’s rich history. More

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Dispatch: Colombia

View of Bogotá’s city center from the surrounding Montserrate mountains
View of Bogotá’s city center from the surrounding Montserrate mountains

The fifth report from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to sites of cultural interest in Colombia, where sweeping changes over the past decade have encouraged artist-led activity, helping to compensate for the moribund state of its established arts institutions. More

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Dispatch: Mexico

Reforma Avenue in Mexico City
Reforma Avenue in Mexico City

The fourth report from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to museums, galleries, and other sites of cultural significance in Mexico City, where emergent independent artistic activity thrives in dynamic relation to the legacies of regional modernism. More

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Dispatch: Chile

Sanhattan, Santiago de Chile’s business district
Sanhattan, Santiago de Chile’s business district

The third report from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to museums, galleries, and other sites of cultural significance in Chile, which, while prosperous today, is still haunted by the the Pinochet dictatorship. More