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 Reading List for Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning

Learn more about the artists and themes in Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning with books from the reading list below.


Picture Books:
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanos by Duncan Tonatiuh
Diego by Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, Illustrated by John Parra
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky Illustrated by David Diaz
Chapter Book/Graphic Novel:
Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya by Victor Motejo, Illustrated by Luis Garay


Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art catalog, 2016)
Mexico, Clothing and Culture by Chloe Sayer
Revolution on Paper, Mexican Prints 1910-1960 by Dawn Adès and Alison McClean
The Power and Politics of Art in Postrevolutionary Mexico by Stephanie J. Smith
How a Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums and the Mexican State by Mary K. Coffey
Leopoldo Mendez by Deborah Caplow
María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo: Challenging Visions in Modern Mexican Art (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative) by Nancy Deffebach
José Clemente Orozco: An Autobiography by José CLemente Orozco, Translated by Robert C. Stephenson
Miguel Covarrubias. Vivida y mundos (Spanish) By Elena Poniatowska
My Art, My Life: An Autobiography by Diego Rivera and Gladys March


The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Plumed Serpent by D. H. Lawrence
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry’s
Tinísima Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela, by Elena Poniatowska
La muerte de Artemio Cruz/ The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
La región más transparente/Where the Air Is Clear by Carlos Fuentes
Los de abajo/The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
The Dog of the South by Charles Portis