Mexican muralism

Speaker: 
Ricardo Chavez Gonzalez
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2015-05-01 12:00 - 13:00
Location: 
Hennings 208
Local Contact: 
Vanessa Wiggermann
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

Muralism was used extensively across pre-columbian cultures all across America as a narrative but also as an educational resource to create identity and share culture among the citizens of a community. A noticeable example can be found in the mayan archaeological site Bonampak (or Painted Walls) in the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

In a similar way, many years later after blood spilled during the Mexican Revolution, intellectuals along with the government initiated a public funded artistic movement to define officially the identity of Mexicans.

Being proud of the diversity and understanding that the nation is the product of a mix between Europeans and Indigenas (or mestizo), the muralism was inclusive for everyone living in the territory.

This movement was developed in the early years of XX century by David Alfaro Siqueiros (Jackson Pollocks' artistic mentor), Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The talk will give a historical overview and analysis of the movement and will discuss artistic consequences and composition.

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