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Nuestra imagen actual | Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts 1929-1956

January 26, 2021 - February 14, 2021

Linoleum cut image of a moustached man — wearing a large buttoned jacket, a cravat and a large, wide-brimmed hat — is centered in the frame, sitting at a table, holding a 19th century revolver in his left hand and a pen in his right. Near his right hand sits an ear of corn. Piles of bags full of corn fill the background.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and the Portland Art Museum (PAM) are co-organizing “Nuestra imagen actual | Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts 1929-1956.” Curated by Cheryl Hartup, Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American and Caribbean Art at the JSMA, with the assistance Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings at PAM, the exhibition aims to deepen and broaden the understanding and appreciation of the graphic art of post-revolutionary Mexico, a landmark in the history of twentieth-century printmaking and modern art.

The exhibition presents sixty-two lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings by twenty-two artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Leopoldo Méndez, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Mariana Yampolsky, and other members of Mexico’s world famous Taller de Gráfica Popular or Popular Graphic Art Workshop (est. 1937). The majority of the prints hail from PAM’s exceptional print collection including Siqueiros’ Nuestra imagen actual, a timeless and universal image of subjugation and torture that inspired the title of the exhibition. The JSMA thanks the following lenders to the exhibition for their generosity and support: Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Cecily Quintana and Quintana Galleries, Dr. Li Ravicz and University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections. The JSMA greatly appreciates the work of University of Oregon student Wendy Echeverría García on this project. Support provided by Art Bridges, and by members and donors to the JSMA.

Image: Leopoldo Méndez (Mexican, 1902-1969), Compro tu maíz (I Buy Your Corn), 1949. Linoleum cut, 17 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches. Gift of Dr. Don E. and Carol Steichen Dumond.



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