May 11 – September 15, 2013
Tampa Museum of Art
The exhibition examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border —Mexican and Mexican American— to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) to the present day. This unique survey of over 100 works takes a close look at paintings, prints and photographs created over the past eighty years. The works include artists such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Graham, Judithe Hernandez, Luis Jimenez, Graciela Iturbide, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Visitors to the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of many artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern theories alike.
Many artists of Mexican descent working in the United States continue to implement social ideas and educational theories first taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. They also understand and react to the sociopolitical climate in the United States and the global art and theories of the second half of the twentieth century, incorporating contemporary regional politics along with their broad understanding of their diverse heritages. The Miradas exhibition allows visitors to survey this rich trajectory.