Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection
January 30 – May 3, 2020
The Zapanta Mexican Art Collection provides an overview of artistic styles and a consideration of significant themes, political events, and social narratives that informed the creative output of several generations of modern Mexican artists.
Image: Diego Rivera, Mexican (1866–1957), Girl with Flowers (Niña con flores), 1954, watercolor on rice paper, Collection of Dr. Zapanta. © 2019 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artist Rights Society
The paintings, drawings, and prints on display represent not only Los Tres Grandes (The Three Greats) of Mexican mural painting, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, but also works by Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Zúñiga, as well as a drawing by Frida Kahlo. An illustrated catalog, written in both English and Spanish, accompanies the exhibition, which was organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
The exhibition at Ball State University is complemented by a presentation of works from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection reinforced by loans that highlight Mexican artists’ impact on the United States and East Central Indiana, including vintage photographs of Frida Kahlo in New York, Mexico, and at the U.S. border by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others. This adjunct exhibit incorporates important works by Rivera and Siqueiros collected by the Ball family and spotlights the Indiana painters Howard Leigh and Carolyn Bradley, who were Inspired by the imagery, culture, and people of Mexico.
Mexican Modernity: IMPACT
January 30 – May 17, 2020
Image: Diego Rivera, Mexican (1887-1957), Demonstration, Moscow, November 7, 1927: Masses Marching with Three Foreground Figures, 1927, chalk and watercolor on paperboard, Elisabeth Ball Collection, gift of the George and Frances Ball Foundation 1995.036.050. ©2019 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artist Rights Society.
A selection of photographs, paintings, prints, and decorative arts from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection combined with loans from public and private sources demonstrate the impact of modern Mexican art on collectors and artists in Indiana and the United States of America. Mexican Modernity: Impact complements the exhibition Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Art from the Zapanta Collection.
Prints, drawings, and watercolors from DOMA’s collection by Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros memorialize a Soviet parade and celebrate Mexican workers. Paintings and prints from DOMA’s collection, paired with loans from the Richmond Art Museum (Indiana), testify to a further connection between East Central Indiana and Mexico as Indiana-born artists Howard Leigh and Carolyn Gertrude Bradley adopted elements of the Mexican muralists’ style, if not their politics. Additional works illuminate the connection between a Muncie industrialist’s widow, a Mexican painter, and the picturesque colonial town of Taxco.
Finally, Throckmorton Fine Art in New York lent a series of photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others that illustrate the lives, politics, and art of Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, in New York, Mexico, and at the U.S. border.