Mexico Modern

Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange

Opens Fall 2019

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    New York was the nation's epicenter of the "Mexican moment" in art and design.

    Between 1920 and 1940, dynamic interactions between Mexicans and Americans catapulted modern Mexican art and design onto the world stage. Widely acknowledged as a critical feature of 20th-century culture, this “Mexican moment” was activated by international artistic and business collaborations. While the story played out in cities including Los Angeles and Chicago, New York City was the nation’s epicenter of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States. 

    Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design, from paintings to photographs, prints, and jewelry, and features works by Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Miguel Covarrubias, and Diego Rivera. The exhibition also documents the means by which this art was disseminated and imbued with cultural authority, introducing the New York artists, curators, gallerists, and publishers who led the charge to bring Mexican art to the United States and to promote it as an international phenomenon.


    Fritz Henle, "Women from Tehuantepec Going to the Mill," 1943. Harry Ransom Center Photography Collection, Purchase, 983:0024:0001 © The Fritz Henle Estate
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