The Dallas Museum of Art is thrilled to be able to bring México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde to Dallas. The exhibition features amazing works by Mexican artists from the first half of the 20th century, many of which are rarely on view in the US, including Frida Kahlo’s Las dos Fridas, which many call “the Mexican Mona Lisa.” There is also a section of the exhibition featuring works of art by female peers of Frida Kahlo which tell the story of modern Mexico and its cultural identity. The DMA’s new Eugene McDermott Director, AgustÍn Arteaga, developed this exciting exhibition with the Secretaría de Cultura/Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes while working in Mexico at one of its largest museums, Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), before coming to the DMA. México 1900–1950 opened in Paris at the Grand Palais with great success and long lines, and with more than 230,000 visitors. So when Dr. Arteaga started at the DMA in September, we all knew the opportunity to bring this exhibition to Dallas was not to be missed. #FOMO
The DMA, like many museums, spends about three years prepping for an exhibition: steps include exhibition gallery design, fundraising, creating programs and events, and much more. Every single department of the Museum is involved in bringing a spectacular exhibition and programs to our wonderful audience.
It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show you these masterworks of modern Mexican art. So, to make this possible in Dallas before the paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and films return to their homes, we are shortening a typical three-year process to just three months and bringing the exhibition to you in both English and Spanish! As with all of our exhibitions, we want to provide multiple ways to bring the exhibition to life through programs and activities.
Your contribution will help support a series of public programs and community events tied to México 1900–1950. The Museum has set a goal of $40,000, which will be used for exhibition talks, tours, our fabulous Late Night, concerts, hands-on workshops, holiday and other special celebrations, and more throughout the 19-week run of the show.
México 1900–1950 offers you the chance to explore the diverse and vibrant voices that distinguish Mexican art during the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition can only be seen in Dallas. It moves past the stereotypes of Mexican art to reveal the ambitious spirit of this major period of national artistic history in Mexico.
Through these almost 200 works of art you will see how Mexican art became its own distinct movement. The Mexican artists who had settled in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century returned to their country with the ambition of creating a national art that had roots in the past, but that looked ahead. In the exhibition, you will see works from an impressive group of artists—beyond Los Tres Grandes and Frida Kahlo—who created this renaissance in Mexican art.
Exhibitions begin with an idea, an inspiration to present works of art representing a theme. The DMA did it in 2014 with Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse. Other times a show will highlight the work of one artist, as we did in our fan favorite from last year, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots. The idea for an exhibition begins with a curator. Among the first steps in the process are many months and years of research, not only on the exhibition topic but also to locate works of art to include in the show. For example, Dr. Arteaga put together the México 1900–1950 exhibition over several years and sourced works of art from over 60 museums, collectors, and estates around the world.
Along the way, every department is involved, from fundraising and event planning, to development of programs for Museum visitors, to the creation of the look and feel of the exhibition and the educational materials, advertising, and social media that accompany it. México 1900–1950 is no different! Stay connected on the DMA’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts, or subscribe to the DMA’s e-mail, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how we put together the exhibitions you visit, and how we are achieving México 1900–1950 in just three months! We are so excited to be able to share this experience with you. With your donation, you join us in the process and become a part of the beautiful exhibition.
Your support of México 1900–1950 helps us program a special series of talks, tours, concerts, and celebrations. To thank you for your contributions, we have developed these unique rewards*.
With every contribution to México 1900–1950 you become part of this presentation. You will be featured on our digital wall of recognition and receive other rewards ranging from exhibition buttons to early access before the show opens on Saturday, March 11.
Your pledge is tax deductible! Where goods and services are provided by the Dallas Museum of Art in exchange for your contribution, the amount that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of your total contribution over the fair market value of the goods and services provided.
Please allow 2 to 3 weeks after the campaign closes to receive rewards at the $250 level and below. Membership rewards will be processed immediately. Some of the rewards are experiences (exhibition early access, opening parties, etc.) offered at a specific time and place. The DMA is not responsible for any donor’s travel or costs to participate in such experiences. Further, if a cause beyond the DMA's control requires rescheduling or cancellation of an experience, the DMA is not responsible for any additional travel or costs a donor may incur in order to participate at the new time. The DMA cannot guarantee that experiences occurring on dates yet to be announced, or that must be rescheduled, will occur on a date that is convenient for all donors. Please allow an additional four to six weeks for your reward to ship internationally. Note: We are not responsible for international custom fees.
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México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Secretaría de Cultura/Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes/Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), in partnership with the Latino Center for Leadership Development. The exclusive US presentation is made possible with support from Patrón Tequila.
Leadership support is provided by Jennifer and John Eagle, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, Beverly and Don Freeman, Interceramic, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Peggy and Carl Sewell, and Gayle and Paul Stoffel.
Marketing support is provided by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. Additional support provided by the Graham Williford Foundation for American Art, Mary Noel and Bill Lamont, Linda Marcus, Susan and Bill Montgomery, Nancy M. O’Boyle, Adriana and Guillermo Perales, Arlene and John Dayton, Amy A. Faulconer, Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich, Elisabeth and Panos Karpidas, Locke Lord LLP, and Deedie Rose.
DMA Family Days for México 1900–1950 are underwritten by Bank of America, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, George and Natalie (“Schatzie”) Lee, Texas Christian University, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
In-kind support provided by AIM Media Texas & Digital AIM Media, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXID), and the Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Images: Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait (Autorretrato) (detail), 1952, oil on canvas, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno/INBA, © Courtesy of El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Y Literatura, 2017; Manuel Álvarez Bravo, The Washerwomen Implied (Las lavanderas sobreentendidas), 1932, gelatin silver plate, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno/INBA, © Courtesy of El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Y Literatura, 2017; Ramón Cano Manilla, Indian Woman from Oaxaca (India oaxaqueña), 1928, oil on canvas, Mexico, INBA, collection Museo de Arte Moderno, © Courtesy of El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Y Literatura, 2017; Luis Ortiz Monasterio, The Wounded Soldier (El soldado herido), 1932, bronze, Private Collection