Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art

February 16, 2020 to September 20, 2020 | Tower Gallery
Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-1929, oil on canvas, Missouri Historical Society Collections. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permissionAlfredo Ramos Martinez, Portrait of Nahui Olin, c. 1915, pastel on paper on canvas, Colección Pérez Simón. © Arturo Piera and The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permissionAlfredo Ramos Martínez, Landscape with a Girl and Hydrangeas, c. 1916, pastel on paper, Museo Nacional de Arte. ©D.R. Museo Nacional de Arte/ Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura 2020 and The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permissionAlfredo Ramos Martínez, Mancacoyota, 1930, oil on cardboard, Colección Andrés Blaisten, Mexico. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permissionRosa Rolanda, Self-portrait, 1939, oil on canvas, Colección Andrés Blaisten, MexicoCelia Calderón, The Family, c. 1948, oil on wood, Colección Andrés Blaisten, MéxicoFrancisco Dosamantes, Three Women with Braids, n.d., lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase, 1951.88. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

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Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art surveys changing representations of women in paintings, works on paper, and textiles early in 20th-century Mexican art through works by some of Mexico’s most renowned artists. The exhibition is inspired by the loan of the monumental painting Flores Mexicanas by Alfredo Ramos Martínez to the DMA from the Missouri History Museum; the painting is on view for only the second time in nearly a century.

A portion of the show traces the career of Alfredo Ramos Martínez, one of the founders of Mexican modernism. Flores Mexicanas was the last work Martínez completed before his move from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 1929. Recently conserved, the ornate 9-by-12-foot painting was a wedding gift to the famed aviators Anne and Charles Lindbergh, who met in Mexico City, from then-Mexican president Emilio Portes Gil. This is a historic chance to see one of Ramos Martínez’s masterpieces for the first time.

The adjacent gallery presents nearly 40 works that explore themes of gender, politics, and the role of the new modern woman in Mexico, featuring works by María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others.

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CANCELLED: Gallery Talk: Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art

Wednesday, May 6, 12:15 p.m.

DMA curator Dr. Mark A. Castro will talk about his new exhibition Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art, which explores representations of women by Mexican artists working before and after the Mexican Revolution, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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