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Mexican Muralism: Public Art, Identity & Collective Memory
January 6, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - January 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm£12.00
This is a course of four one-hour lectures by Prof Maria Chester.
Mexican muralism is a pictorial movement that began in the 1920s, as part of the modernization policies of the State of Mexico after the 1910 revolution. It is a movement inspired by one purpose: to build a national identity to bring together the different sectors of Mexican society, given the deep social inequalities of the time, especially educational and cultural. The most well known Mexican muralists are: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera
Mexican muralism followed a program to achieve the purposes of the revolutionary state: first, the valuation and recovery of history, the source of national identity, and, second, the recognition that the descendants of that history were still present in contemporary life. At first, the muralists applied elements of the western avant-gardes, such as expressionism (especially in Orozco), futurism (in Siqueiros) and synthetic cubism (in Rivera), but in such a way that they cannot be considered to have imitated them. In fact, they ended up turning away from these western styles and influences.
These three lectures will be followed by an additional presentation about the passionate relationship of two of the Mexican greatest artists: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The title of the talk is “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo: the elephant and the dove”
THURSDAY 06 – JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO – EVERYDAY LIFE AND SOCIAL CRITICISM
THURSDAY 13- DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS – SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND NEW TECHNIQUES
THURSDAY 20 – DIEGO RIVERA – CUBISM AND PRE COLUMBIAN ART MIXED WITH POLITICS
THURSDAY 27 – THE ELEPHANT AND THE DOVE: FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA
Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will find the invitation in Eventbrite on the Online Event Page. We will also send out the invitation by email 24 hours before the meeting starts.