TULSA, OK — Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning is now on view at Gilcrease Museum. This exhibition features a rotation of works representing a pivotal time in Mexico’s history, from the end of the Mexican Revolution to the middle of the 20th century.
Over the course of one year, this exhibition will display close to 80 rotating works by well-known artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo as well as other influential artists from this period. These artists committed to progressive social reform and together their work reflects a nation in the midst of dynamic transformation.
This fully bilingual exhibition is drawn primarily from the Gilcrease collection. Thomas Gilcrease visited Mexico a number of times in the 1940s, purchasing paintings, drawings and prints by a variety of contemporary Mexican artists. More than half a century later, these works in the Gilcrease collection challenge us to consider the role of artists and imagery in shaping public understanding, the enduring legacy of colonialism in the Americas and the search for cultural roots as a means to define national and individual identity.