It’s only been six months since Dr. Agustín
Arteaga took the reins as the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art,
but the Mexico City-born and educated Arteaga has taken to the job with a welcome international élan.
Next month, opening on March 12 and running through July 16, México 1900 – 1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo,
José Clemente Orozco, and the AvantGarde marks the first DMA exhibition to be organized by Arteaga, an auspicious curatorial beginning for his DMA tenure.
The survey show includes painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography from the crème de la crème of 20th century Mexican artists—some wellknown stateside,
and others less so. In a press release, Arteaga offers, “México 1900–1950 showcases not only the greats of Mexican art,
but also those who may have been eclipsed on the international level by names like Rivera and Kahlo.
The exhibition helps broaden our understanding of what modern Mexican art means, and diversify the artistic narratives attributed to the country.”
The DMA is the exhibition’s only venue in the U.S.; it opened in Paris at the Grand Palais last October and ran through January, and was a major hit.
Unlike the Paris iteration, the DMA exhibition will feature murals
by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, José Clemente Orozco,
Miguel Covarrubias, Saturnino Herrán, and Roberto Montenegro—a rare opportunity to view these giants of the genre under one roof.
The 200+ works that comprise the show include a large number by female artists: painters Nahui Olin, Leonora Carrington,
and Olga Costa, photographer Tina Modotti, multidisciplinary artist Rosa Rolanda, the iconic Frida Kahlo,
and others. Besides the muralists, other male artists here are painters Ángel Zárraga, David Alfaro Siqueiros,
Manuel Rodriguez Lozano, Gabriel Fernández Ledesma, abstract sculptor Germán Cueto, and many more.
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