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Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints

From November 19, 2017 — March 11, 2018

This is the BMA’s first exhibition to highlight the Museum’s rarely shown collection of prints and drawings by renowned Mexican artists of the 20th century.

Many of the 12 artists represented, such as Los Tres Grandes—Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—are celebrated as the leading proponents of Mexican modernism. Through expressive figurative imagery, the works of these artists often underscored the political, social, and cultural shifts taking place in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution.

Approximately 30 prints, drawings, and photographs will be on view, including recent acquisitions such as Siqueiros’ lithographs Reclining Nude and Black Woman, as well as Elizabeth Catlett’s My right is a future of equality with other Americans from The Negro Woman series. Catlett created this major series of linoleum cuts in 1946–47 while working in Mexico City at the influential printmaking collective and community of artists known as the Taller de Gráfica Popular (or People’s Graphic Workshop).

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Rena Hoisington.

  • Diego Rivera. Open Air School. 1932. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Blanche Adler, BMA 1932.28.3  © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • José Clemente Orozco. Rear Guard. 1929. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Blanche Adler, BMA 1929.17.21.64. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros. Black Woman (Profile). c.1956. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Promised gift of a MAD Gathering to The Baltimore Museum of Art, BMA R.17524.1. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City
  • Jacob Burck. The Lord Provides. 1934. From the portfolio "The American Scene, No. 1". The Baltimore Museum of Art: Print Fund, BMA 1935.11.1. © Jacob Burck
José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883-1949). Mexican Pueblo. 1930.

José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883-1949). Mexican Pueblo. 1930. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Blanche Adler, BMA 1935.51.4. © 2017 José Orozco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico