Surrealismo: Ojos de México
July 21, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Surrealismo: Ojos de México (Surrealism: Eyes of Mexico) features photographs that demonstrate the enduring influence of Surrealism on photography in Mexico. Surrealism as a style emerged from the ashes of World War I. At a time when artists and intellectuals turned against the “high culture” of the Europe that they believed spawned the horrors of war, some artists viewed Surrealism as a mechanism for celebrating the mysteries of the subconscious mind. Dreams, desires, and fantasies were depicted in strange juxtapositions of time and space. It explored the irrational and the unexpected in life.
French poet and Surrealist André Breton came to Mexico in 1938, met with artists, and proclaimed, “Mexico tends to be a Surrealist place par excellence.” Some Mexican artists resisted the Surrealist label, but the impact of the style was significant. While some photographs in this exhibition reveal the playful and irreverent side of Surrealism, most have a serious and unifying subject—Mexico and its people. The style provides a lens for viewing a country with many contrasts, with subjects that are unexpected, ironic, sad, humorous, frustrating, and hopeful. This exhibition offers an arresting overview of modern Mexican photography.
From the Exhibition
Lola Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1903 - 1993. El rapto / The Rapture, 1950. Gelatin silver print. 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Lola Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1903 - 1993. Judas / Judas, 1942. Gelatin silver print. 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Nuestra señora de las iguanas / Our Lady of the Iguanas, Mexico, 1979, printed later. Gelatin silver print. 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Magnolia with Mirror, Juchitán, 1986, printed later. Gelatin silver print. 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
Héctor García, Mexican, 1923 - 2012. Fundidores de Monclova / Smelters of Monclova, 1971. Gelatin silver print. 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Rayos-X de pajaro / X-Ray of a Bird, 1999. Gelatin silver print. 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)