Mexico Beyond Its Revolution | Mexico Mas Alla de su Revolucion
September 9 to November 14, 2010
Mexico Beyond Its Revolution | Mexico Mas Alla de su
Revolucion, a thematic
examination of Mexican art from the past century, celebrates the
centennial of the Mexican Revolution as well as the bi-centennial of
its independence from Spain. Guest curated by Associate Professor of
Art History Adriana Zavala, a specialist in Modern Latin American
Art and author of Becoming Modern/Becoming Tradition: Women,
Gender and Representation in Mexican Art [Penn State Press,
2010], the exhibition elucidates Mexico's revolutionary
transformations over the 20th century while offering opportunities
for viewers to think critically about the role of art in
consolidating and challenging political and cultural processes. The
38 works selected exemplify the ways that artists have historically
lived and expressed the "Revolution" in all its permutations, but
also the ways that art and the nation have transcended the
The exhibition includes works by 24 artists on loan from six
lenders, as well as four works from the Tufts University Permanent
Art Collection. Artists included are: Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel
Álvarez Bravo, Francis Alÿs, Abraham Angel, Alberto Beltrán, Enrique
Chagoya, José Luis Cuevas, Javier de la Garza, Pedro Friedeberg,
Mathias Goeritz, Graciela Iturbide, Helen Levitt, Carlos Mérida,
Dulce Mariá Nuñez, José Clemente Orozco, Adolfo Patiño, José
Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Melanie
Smith, Gerardo Suter, Rufino Tamayo, Mariana Yampolsky, and Nahum B.
Zenil. It has been organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery,
under the direction of Amy Schlegel. Megan Murphy (MA'11) served as
curatorial assistant and publication editor.
A related symposium, "Beyond the Mexican Revolution," organized by
Associate Professor Nina Gervassi-Navarro, director of the Latin
American Studies Program at Tufts, examines the legacy of the
decade-long Revolution and is planned for Friday, October 1.
An eponymous, fully-illustrated, bilingual (English-Spanish)
publication with an introductory essay by Professor Zavala and
catalogue entries by 10 Tufts art history students and Professor
Zavala on each work in the exhibition will be available free of
charge to the Tufts community and $10 to the general public. Tufts
student contributors are: Robin Carol, Katherine Deane, Lauren
Godles, Micah Hauser, Hannah Leshin, Lucy Nunn, Orsolya Mednyanszky,
Megan E.A. Murphy, Taylor L. Poulin, and Kimberly Roberts.
Listen to our guided tour stops here!
Introduction to Mexico Beyond Its Revolution, Adriana Zavala,
exhibition guest curator, associate professor of art history, and
director of the latin american studies program, Tufts University
Javier de la Garza's The Pearl (La Perla), Taylor Poulin, M.A.
candidate in Art History, 2012
David Alfaro Siqueiros' Burning of Cuauhtemoc, Katherine Deane
Images of Mexico's Revolutionary Leaders and Political Heroes,
The Role of Abstraction: Mathias Goeritz's Nine Perforated and
Gilded Sheets on Wood, Katherine Deane
Carlos Merida's Estampas del Popol Vuh, Kimberly Roberts, M.A.
candidate in Art History, 2012
Melanie Smith's Parres Trilogy, Megan Murphy, M.A. candidate in art