SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA

11 Sep 2014 - 04 Jan 2015

© Alejandro Cartagena
Business in a Newly Built Suburb in Juárez, from the series Suburbia Mexicana, 2009
inkjet print
Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase
11 September 2014 - 4 January 2015

This traveling exhibition of photographs from SFMOMA's collection reveals a distinctively rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. It begins with works from the medium's first artistic flowering in the wake of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and goes on to explore the explosion of the illustrated press at midcentury; the documentary investigations of cultural traditions and urban politics that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s; and more recent considerations of urban life and globalization. Featuring approximately 75 photographs, Photography in Mexico includes works by Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Graciela Iturbide, Elsa Medina, Tina Modotti, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Edward Weston, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others. This presentation at the Bakersfield Museum of Art is part of an unprecedented tour of works from SFMOMA's renowned photography collection to communities throughout California while our building is closed for expansion.

Tags: Manuel Álvarez-Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Tina Modotti