Comprising thirty images spanning the countries south of the Rio Grande and covering the late-nineteenth and entire twentieth centuries, this show, exquisitely curated by Louise Lincoln, reveals the broad scope of Latin American photography, alerting us to its sophistication and how it changed with the times in style and subject. Among the anonymous artists, pioneers like Augustin-Victor Casasola in Mexico and Martin Chambi in Peru, and the contemporary international star Sebastian Salgado, top honors go to the renowned Mexican modernist Manuel Alvarez Bravo and his wife and student Lola, who contributes the exhibit’s most stunning shot—a dynamic constructivist scene taken from below of a lineman working on telephone wires under a soaring umbrella. Almost all the images have a reference to place, providing insight into the synthesis of local content and global form that has been and remains the hallmark of Latin American culture. (Michael Weinstein)
Through May 4 at the DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore.