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Mexico Beyond Its Revolution | Mexico Mas Alla de su Revolucion

September 9 to November 14, 2010
Koppelman Gallery

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 Revolution.

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!

STOP 1Introduction 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

STOP 2Javier de la Garza's The Pearl (La Perla), Taylor Poulin, M.A. candidate in Art History, 2012

STOP 3David Alfaro Siqueiros' Burning of Cuauhtemoc, Katherine Deane (AB2010)

STOP 4Images of Mexico's Revolutionary Leaders and Political Heroes, Adriana Zavala

STOP 5The Role of Abstraction: Mathias Goeritz's Nine Perforated and Gilded Sheets on Wood, Katherine Deane

STOP 6Carlos Merida's Estampas del Popol Vuh, Kimberly Roberts, M.A. candidate in Art History, 2012

STOP 7Melanie Smith's Parres Trilogy, Megan Murphy, M.A. candidate in art history

David Alfaro Siqueiros, A Hammer Resting on an Anvil in a Tile-Floored Room (Martillo y Yunque), 1930-31, woodcut print in black ink on thin orange wove paper, 4 � x 6 in., Harvard Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Permanent transfer from the Fine Arts Library, 2008.314.6, � President and Fellows of Harvard College, Photo: Katya Kallsen � President and Fellows of Harvard College

Renovations (Renovadores),c. 1950, photograph by Lola �lvaraz Bravo, gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in. unframed, � 1995 The University of Arizona Foundation.  More info >
Pedro Friedeberg, Further Facts Concerning Rachmaninoff's Love Life (M�s datos concernientes a la vida amorosa de Rachmaninoff), 1969, mixed media on board, 19 3/4 x 23 5/8 inches framed, Private Collection 

Mathias Goeritz, Nine Perforated and Gilded Sheets on Wood (Nueve L�minas Perforadas y Doradas sobre Madera), c. 1960, gilded tin sheets on blue painted wood, each 8 � x 8 � inches, Private Collection

Related Events:

Thursday, September 16, 5:30-8:00pm

With Adriana Zavala
Thursday, September 30, 6:00-6:45pm

Friday, October 1, 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, October 3, 3:00pm

Friday, October 22, 10:00-11:00am

With Adriana Zavala
Saturday, October 23, 11:15am and 11:45am

With Eulogio Guzman
Tuesday, November 2, 6:00-8:00pm