PMCA Picturing Mexico

January 19 - April 20, 2014

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California, the first comprehensive examination by a museum of this Mexican artist’s work produced in California between 1929 and 1946. Known for his distinctive contribution to modernism, the artist received some of his early education in Europe where he became part of a circle of modernist intellectuals, poets, and artists. Returning home to Mexico on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, his work was deeply informed by both the European academic traditions he had absorbed abroad and by the social and populist art that was beginning to take root in Mexico. Although initially hailed as an innovator upon his return, Ramos Martínez was quickly left on the outskirts of the artistic trends that dominated Mexico City in the 1920s when his peers, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros — los tres grandes — and their rejection of Europe and academic traditions, rose to prominence. Seeking opportunities to continue his own academic and modernist styles, he moved to Los Angeles. With the United States on the brink of a depression, much of his work from that period reveals both the economic and cultural climate of the country as well as his individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. Explored through four sections — “L.A. Stories,” “Many Women,” “Religious Piety,” and “Forever Mexico” — the exhibition highlights the contributions of this remarkable artist and firmly places him alongside his contemporaries in the narrative of early twentieth century art.

Venue Location: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street

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