Cruz Diez in black and white

The Diablos de Yare before they sold out
The Diablos de Yare before they sold out

If you’re in New York and are looking for something new to see related to Venezuela, stop by the Americas Society. They have an exhibit of Carlos Cruz Diez’s black and white photographs of Venezuelan folklore from the 1940s, curated by my friend Gabriela Rangel. The pictures have never been shown before.

I found this forum, complete with interviews with the maestro, quite interesting. It talks about how, in the 1940s, many people simply didn’t know about Venezuelan traditions from other towns such as the Burriquita or the Diablos de Yare. Photography helped usher in a new wave of communication in this rapidly modernizing yet still rural country

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