Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

8/1/2015 - 7/31/2017

Funding Totals

$400,000.00 (approved)
$400,000.00 (awarded)

Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950

FAIN: GI-230808-15

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Matthew Affron (Project Director: January 2015 to October 2017)

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, an accompanying website, and public programming exploring the varieties and meaning of modern art in Mexico from 1910 to 1950.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in partnership with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, is organizing a landmark exhibition of modern Mexican art and the social, cultural, and intellectual factors that influenced its development during the course of nearly half a century. With the working title Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950, this ambitious exhibition will open in Fall 2016 in Philadelphia prior to traveling to additional venues in 2017.

Associated Products

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (Book)
Title: Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950
Author: Matthew Affron
Author: Mark A. Castro
Author: Dafne Cruz Porchini
Author: Renato González Mello
Editor: Matthew Affron
Editor: Mark A. Castro
Editor: Dafne Cruz Porchini
Editor: Renato González Mello
Abstract: A comprehensive look at four transformative decades that put Mexico’s modern art on the map In the wake of the 1910–20 Revolution, Mexico emerged as a center of modern art, closely watched around the world. Highlighted are the achievements of the tres grandes (three greats)—José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—and other renowned figures such as Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, but the book goes beyond these well-known names to present a fuller picture of the period from 1910 to 1950. Fourteen essays by authors from both the United States and Mexico offer a thorough reassessment of Mexican modernism from multiple perspectives. Some of the texts delve into thematic topics—developments in mural painting, the role of the government in the arts, intersections between modern art and cinema, and the impact of Mexican art in the United States—while others explore specific modernist genres—such as printmaking, photography, and architecture. This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive look at the period that brought Mexico onto the world stage during a period of political upheaval and dramatic social change. Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mark A. Castro is a project assistant curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dafne Cruz Porchini is exhibition curator for the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and postdoctoral researcher, Colegio de México, Mexico City. Renato González Mello is the director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
Year: 2016
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-0-87633-27
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes