From September 2017 to January 2018, the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA) initiative flooded Southern California in a triumphant display of Latin American and Latinx art. An inexplicable blemish on the memory of this event was the absence of a catalog for one of the Getty’s headlining exhibitions, The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, installed first at the Getty Research Institute and afterward at the Americas Society in New York City. Curators Idurre Alonso and Maristella Casciato organized a vibrant display of visual materials, many from the Getty collections, which were either previously unpublished or at the very least difficult to find. Long considered outside the realm of art-museum-worthy materials, the assemblage of maps, photographs, sketches, engravings, film reels, and design pamphlets offered a revelatory view of Latin American urban visual and material culture at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. The...

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