Mexican artists featured in exclusive U.S. exhibition at DMA

A new exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) showcases the work of Mexican modernists and lesser-known artists from the region. The exihibit, Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, opened on March 12 and runs through July 16.

The DMA is the only stop in the United States for this exhibit, which debuted last October at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. It features nearly 200 works of art across multiple media including painting, photography and film.

Two days after the opening, visitors waited in a line that stretchedthe length of the museum from the entrance to the exhibit.

Rafael Rico, a Dallas resident from Mexico, brought his children to teach them about their heritage.

“It’s a way to show them where they are from. They were born here but they have Mexican roots,” said Rico. “It brings a lot of nostalgia to me.  I’m from Mexico City, so I’ve known all of this.”

For other visitors, it allowed them to learn more about Mexican culture through art.

“Fantastic!” said Tony Lewis, a visitor at the exhibition as he marveled at one of Frida Kahlo’s pieces. “It shows us the great beauty of Mexican art and culture.”

The exhibition also places Central American artists in the spotlight. 

“In the art world, there is such a focus on European artists,” said college student Crystal Robago. “Exhibits like this really help to let people know that there are other great artists besides European ones.”

Art from Latin America is nothing new to the DMA. Five Latin works are part of the DMA’s permanent collection, one of them being Kahlo’s “Perro Itzcuintli Conmigo” (Itzcuintli Dog with Me.)

“The DMA has a rich history of collecting and presenting Mexican art, and this exhibition offers our visitors the opportunity to explore indepth the diverse and vibrant voices that distinguish Mexican Art,” said the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director and Exhibition curator, Agustin said Arteaga in a news release. “The exhibition helps broaden our understanding of what modern Mexican art means and diversifies the artistic narratives attributed to the country.”

The exhibition also includes the section, “Strong Women” that includes work by Kahlo and other female artists who were equally important in the time period.

Acording to the news release, the DMA plans to add additional programming, including gallery talks, lectures, films, and programming for families, children, and teachers.

Tickets to the exhibition cost $16, but are free to DMA members. 

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