Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, July-August

A Bold Brush beyond Battles: As Part of the World War II Art Unit in Latin America, Frank Mechau Captured Unusual Aspects of the Conflict, Yet His True Passion Was Rooted in the Spirit of the West
The frenzied splendor of wild horses in full gallop, weary ranch hands coming to town on a Saturday night, the Rockies' peaceful majesty. This was the world Frank Mechau knew best. But for a few years during World War II, this Colorado artist so rooted...
A Damper on Quakes
PROPESSOR CINNA Lomnitz of the National University of Mexico has lived through some of the most deadly earthquakes in the Americas. When he was fourteen, he survived Chile's 1939 earthquake that measured a magnitude of 8.3 and killed twenty-eight thousand...
Alicia Alonso: Legend of Spirit and Style: Cuba's Prima Ballerina Has Enthralled Audiences Worldwide While Shaping a New, Distinct Generation of Classical Dancers
"I admire many dance companies, but actually love comparatively few. Among those I love is the Ballet Nacional de Cuba," Dance Magazine's senior critic Clive Barnes confessed in his review of the troupe's New York performances last fall. Like Barnes,...
Athlete of Courage
COLOMBIAN CYCLIST Edgar Moreno illustrates the validity of the saying, "sport does not build the courage of an individual, it shows it." Twenty-nine-years old, Moreno, who racks competitively, lost his left leg to an antipersonnel landmine twelve years...
Bright Tower of Faith
WHEN THE TINY CHOIR of St. George's in Georgetown, Guyana, sings, its notes rise and rise and continue rising-eighty feet, to the ceiling of one of the worlds tallest wooden buildings. The notes will continue rising each Sunday for many years to...
Citizens Map a Mega City: As Sao Paulo Celebrates Its 450th Anniversary, Public Leaders and Residents Unite to Develop a Comprehensive Plan for This Fragmented, Vibrant Metropolis
There are no great mountain ranges, there is no beautiful bay. Its densely crowded streets, filled with frenetic human activity, cover hundreds of square miles, Sao Paulo, Brazil, the hemisphere's largest metropolis, is simply a city. Just in the last...
Codes of Mischief and Morality: For Decades, Cartoonist Hermenegildo Sabat Has Depicted Argentina's Turbulent Political Life in Biting and Humorous Drawings
The last fifty years have not been easy on Argentina. The court try has seen its promise--so glorious at the start of the twentieth century--crumble in a morass of dictatorships, human rights abuses, economic crises, and shocking levels of political...
Contemporary Tracks, Traditional Tunes
Jorge Federico Osorio Piano Espanol (Cedille Records 90000 075) Rosana Lanzelotte O Cravo Brasileiro (UNI 001) Marco Rizo Carnival Miami (Sampi Records 0140576562) Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, noted for his performances with many...
From the Editor
Destiny is a curious concept. Individuals, institutions, or societies are described as having been predetermined, perhaps even fated, to reach some particular level of success, achievement, even failure. However, it is only by looking back and reconstructing...
Mesa Verde Trial by Fire: Although Large Parts of This National Park Have Burned in Recent Years, Its Stunning Cliff Dwellings and Artifacts Have Survived, Thanks to Expert Management
Burnished by the late afternoon sun, precise geometric forms fill a natural sandstone alcove high above the canyon floor. The sight, reminiscent of a cubist composition, dazzles onlookers--all the more so because of the realization that this niche,...
Neruda: For the Love of Women
He was Pablo Neruda's friend for four decades and a fellow Communist member. Chilean Volodia Teitelboim (2002 National Award for Journalism), author of Neruda, speaks about his Mend Pablo Neruda and the women in his life. On the centennial celebration...
Regal Return of an Aztec Ruler
Finally, the Aztec monarch has returned to his homeland, the Americas--at least, for a time. A stunning, life-size portrait of Moctezuma II of Mexico is perhaps the most unforgettable work in the exhibition Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life,...
Small River Valleys Step Ahead of Nature
It has been nearly six years since Hurricane Mitch devastated the nations of Central America. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua had never suffered such destruction. Huge floods caused the demolition of infrastructure and housing. With...
The Science of Chilean Wine
A HOOK TO GET students interested in visiting his laboratory, Fernando Cordova offers a course that's guaranteed to fire the imagination--wine making. But the Chilean scientist's real mission is to instill in his students a lifelong passion for studying...
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