Photography in Mexico: from the Collection of SFMOMA
September 28 - January 12
Lourdes Grobet, Ponzoña, Arena Coliseo, ca. 1983; gelatin silver print; 14 x 11 in.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Jane and Larry Reed; © Lourdes Grobet
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) holds one of the world’s most distinguished collections of photography from Mexico. Featuring approximately 100 photographs, this exhibition reveals a distinctively rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. The show 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. Photography in Mexico includes work by Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Graciela Iturbide, Elsa Medina, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others.
This presentation is part of an unprecedented statewide tour of works from SFMOMA’s renowned photography collection to communities throughout California while its building is closed for expansion from the summer of 2013 through early 2016. SFMOMA is presenting an extensive array of off-site exhibitions and programs during construction; for more information on SFMOMA’s expansion, photography tour in California, and permanent collection, visit sfmoma.org.
Photography in Mexico is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The presentation of this exhibition is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Major support is provided by Bank of America.