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Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920–1950
October 21, 2006 - January 14, 2007
Zapata, 1932
José Diego María Rivera, Mexican
Image: 16 1/4 × 13 1/8 inches (41.3 × 33.4 cm) Sheet: 17 1/16 × 14 inches (43.4 × 35.5 cm)
Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1976
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Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920–1950
October 21, 2006 - January 14, 2007

Major modern Mexican artists such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo continue to win broad acclaim for their murals and paintings, however, less attention has been paid to the wide-ranging impact these artists and their contemporaries had on the world of printmaking. This exhibition examines these vital contributions with 125 prints and posters by 50 Mexican and foreign-born artists.

These works of art emerged in post-Revolution Mexico as the ideal means for disseminating political and social as well as artistic ideas. They were works of art of the people, for the people. The inclusion in this exhibition of works created by foreigners working in Mexico underscores the powerful attraction exerted by Mexican art and culture over several generations of artists and printmakers worldwide.

The exhibition is drawn almost entirely from the collections of the two organizing museums, with prints by Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, and Tamayo being joined by an especially broad range of work by artists affiliated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular, the celebrated print workshop founded in Mexico City in 1937.

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This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Mexican Society of Philadelphia.


This exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio.


John Ittmann • Curator of Prints, the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Lyle Williams • Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum


The Berman and Stieglitz Galleries, ground floor


The Philadelphia Museum of Art • October 21, 2006–January 14, 2007
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee • February 1–April 15, 2007
The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona • June 29–September 16, 2007
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas • October 3, 2007–January 6, 2008

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