LAS 381 • 20TH CENTURY ART OF MEXICO
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Besides public murals, women and surrealism, and the 1960s break with "institutionalized" art, the course examines less studied artists and issues. For instance, how did Francisco Go?tia, Saturnino Herr?n and Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl) contribute to establishing some of the culturally relevant themes that characterized later art? What was Atl's impact on journalism and political cartooning during the Agrarian Revolution; on the mural movement; on promoting interest in Mexico's popular and colonial art, and its landscape? How did film and photography affect the murals of Siqueiros, and more recently, the work of Gabriel Orozco and other younger artists? Why have so many artists turned to urban imagery since the 1990s? These are some of the issues we examine through artists' statements, the writings of Jos? Luis Cuevas, Cuauht?moc Medina, Guillermo Santamarina, Benjamin Buchloh and others. Some reading knowledge of Spanish is helpful for this course. Requirements: a short and long oral report, the latter to culminate in a publishable paper.