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Constitutional ModernismArchitecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959$
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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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Futures of Constitutional Modernism

Futures of Constitutional Modernism

(p.289) Epilogue Futures of Constitutional Modernism
Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter focuses on the modernism of the design of urban spaces. It discusses how the design and realization of a historical object effected a connection between the nation’s past and its present. It argues that the Monumento a Martí could manifest the ideality of the Cuban nation in the singular contemporaneity of its citizen subjects. The object itself was not only symbolic of an overwhelming historical circumstances but it encouraged its audience to identify itself as a collective of historical subjects endowed with civic consciousness. The historicity of the Monumento a Martí was a historical consciousness condensed into an experience not merely of temporality, but of presentness.

Keywords:   modernism, design, urban spaces, historical objects, Monumento a Martí, Cuba, civic consciousness

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