IT WOULDN’T BE THE LOCAL HOUSTON ART ISSUE WITHOUT THIS REMARKABLE SHOW. PAINT THE REVOLUTION: MEXICAN MODERNISM, 1910–1950, IS THIS SUMMER’S MUST-SEE EXHIBITION, CHARTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN ART IN MEXICO AND THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPED IT OVER THE COURSE OF NEARLY HALF A CENTURY.
Our own Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the final venue for this comprehensive survey, which was originally organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The exhibition will be on view at the MFA,H from June 25 to October 1, 2017.
And what a view it is: more than 175 works – including easel paintings, large-scale portable murals and mural fragments, prints, photographs, books, newspapers and broadsheets – Paint the Revolution is unprecedented for its breadth and the variety of visual materials on display.
You’ll see masterpieces by art luminaries such as FRIDA KAHLO, JOSÉ CLEMENTE OROZCO, DIEGO RIVERA and DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS, as well as their important-
if-lesser-known contemporaries such as Dr. Atl (GERARDO MURILLO), MANUEL ÁLVAREZ BRAVO, MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS, ALFREDO RAMOS MARTÍNEZ, CARLOS MÉRIDA AND ROBERTO MONTENEGRO, among others. In addition, three historical murals by los tres grandes (“the three great ones”)—Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros—are digitally re-created and projected in the galleries.
“While some of the artists represented in Paint the Revolution may be familiar to visitors, many of the names and images will be new to Houston audiences. We are grateful to our colleagues at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes for making this exhibition possible, and we are thrilled to offer visitors the opportunity to examine firsthand the emergence of Mexico as a center of Modern art,” said Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“Scholars have long understood Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros as the driving forces behind muralism and the transformations that swept Mexican art after the Revolution,” added Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the MFAH and organizing curator of the Houston presentation. “Paint the Revolution, however, exposes audiences to the lesser-known forms of expression – from printmaking to photography – employed by a broad range of Mexican artists as they reacted to the social and political changes in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century.”
STILL WANT TO LEARN MORE? Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available in both English and Spanish editions. The volume presents a wealth of new research in 14 essays by Mexican and U.S. scholars about mural and easel painting, printmaking, photography, film, architecture, diverse artists’ groups and the involvement of the Mexican state in culture during this period.
Join the revolution this summer.