Giovanna Bassi Cendra receives the MFAH Peter C. Marzio Award

  • Gyula Kosice and La ciudad hidroespacial (The Hydrospatial City). Photo © Gyula Kosice

Current Ph.D. student Giovanna Bassi Cendra was awarded the 2017 Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art's first prize. The award—named for the longtime director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and founder of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at the MFAH—recognizes promising new scholarship in the field of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.

Giovanna's award-winning paper "La Ciudad Hidroespacial: Challenging the Functional City" unveils Argentinean artist Gyula Kosice's ambitious Hydrospacial City as one of the earliest critiques of capitalist architecture and urbanism in the Western hemisphere. The paper will be published in a special edition of the ICAA Documents Project Working Papers series.