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.
Admission is FREE.
Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, and inspired by Flores Mexicanas: A Lindbergh Love Story, organized by the Missouri History Museum. Support for this exhibition comes from The Jorge Baldor Curatorial Fund for Latin American Art with media support provided by Univision. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Image: Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-1929, oil on canvas, Missouri Historical Society Collections. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permission. Image courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art; Alfredo Ramos Martínez, 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 permission; Alfredo 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 permission; Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Mancacoyota, 1930, oil on cardboard, Colección Andrés Blaisten, México. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permission; Rosa Rolanda, Self-portrait, 1939, oil on canvas, Colección Andrés Blaisten, México; Celia Calderón, The Family, c. 1948, oil on wood, Colección Andrés Blaisten, México; Francisco Dosamantes, Three Women with Braids, n.d., lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase, 1951.88. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art