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Curator Celeste Olalquiaga will lead a guided tour through El Helicoide: From Mall to Prison.

Built in the late 1950s as a state-of-the-art, drive-in mall, El Helicoide was never completed and went through decades of abandonment, failed private and public projects, and informal occupations until the security police took it over in 1985. Now a ruin, the building epitomizes modernity’s utopic dreams and its dystopian reality, ultimately presenting the dark side of modernity in Latin America.

Curated and designed by: Celeste Olalquiaga 
Celeste Olalquiaga is an independent cultural historian. She has a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies from Columbia University (1990) and her books, Megalopolis: Contemporary Urban Sensibilities (1992) and The Artificial Kingdom (1998) have become classics within modern cultural studies. She writes for specialized journals and lectures worldwide, and has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller awards. In 2013, she created PROYECTO HELICOIDE, dedicated to rescuing the memory of El Helicoide.

Graphic design by: A. Sotillo and G. Fontanillasa (VACA)

Exhibition and related programming are in collaboration with PROYECTO HELICOIDE.

El Helicoide: From Mall to Prison is sponsored by:
Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky

Organized by
Center for Architecture
Saturday, 5/20
4pm to 5pm
Center for Architecture
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