Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 5, September-October

A Collision of Worlds at the MET
New York City's Metropolitan Opera rarely commissions new works, so the world premiere of "The Voyage" on October 12 (Columbus Day) was an event awaited with high expectations--especially since the composer is the avant-garde musical genius Philip Glass...
A Festival of Worldwide Exposure
The VI Americas Film Festival lends credence to the dictum that cinema is very much alive and a force to be reckoned with in our Hemisphere. Most of the films in this year's Festival are not blockbuster money makers, but they offer an immense compensation....
Ana Mendieta's Primal Scream
WITH FIRE, WATER, BLOOD AND EARTH AS HER MEDIUMS, THIS CUBAN-BORN ARTIST WAS THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF PERFORMANCE WORK ON THE SURFACE THE DELI at Mercer Street and Broadway appears to be like any other of the numerous establishments in New York City offering...
A Survival Course for Ancient Waterways
TERRIFIED MEMBERS of the Kekchi Maya tribe ran for cover a few years ago when they first saw members of a kayak club paddling down the remote Rio Cahabon. The Indians were cocooned in the lush, roadless wilderness of the Sierra de Chama, far from the...
Chile's Brightly Brushed Port
Valparaiso, Chile's largest port, is like an impoverished, eccentric aristocrat, living on dreams and memories. Once one of South America's richest cities, it is now slightly decrepit, but full of reminders of a golden past. Before the opening of the...
Eduardo Galeano: In Celebration of Contradiction
The lyrical pen of this Uruguyan writer and social critic sings across the continents IN RECENT YEARS, it has been almost impossible to follow contemporary events in the Americas and not encounter the Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano. Despite his quiet,...
Etchings of a Vivid Memory
"Life goes on, as life does, but with the gnawing sensation of having lost part of one's identity and all of the past." These are the words of Juan Bernal Ponce, who, like many other artists, has taken up residence in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he constantly...
Filling in Cosmic Holes
A recent scientific finding has given credence to a theory, debated for over a decade, about the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Evidence of the occurrence of a cosmic catastrophe--sometime between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods some sixty-five million...
Harmonious Development in the Amazon
Enrique Bello, a specialist with the Department of Regional Development and Environment of the Organization of American States, described his journey across the Colombian-Peruvian border. He was on an asphalt road, overgrown with dense foliage which...
Life's Art through the Ages
A major traveling exhibition, which opened in September at New York's Museum of American Fold Art, vividly demonstrates that folk art is today, and always has been, an integral part of Latin American life. "Visiones del Pueblo: The Folk Art of Latin...
Reflections on a New Crossing
The world is full of vast expanses which beckon humankind to venture forth through valleys, over mountains and across uncharted waters. In our many journeys, there have been a few that were remarkable because they were wholly new, performed by a different...
The Rap on the Raperos
It has vibrated out of the streets and is today nudging tropical music aside on many dance floors in Latin America. Behind the facade of the brash, defiant spirit of youth, it echoes many of the values and trends that have gone before it. It is Latin...
The Vanishing Tracks of Time
WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK on a trip through Patagonia, a remote region at the southern tip of the Americas where land meshes with sky and reality and fantasy are often indistinguishable. Criss-crossing the vast plains is the last narrow-gauge railroad and...
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