Mexican Cultural Institute: Bilateral Relations: Undercurrents of Creativity - 1st Edition
October 20, 2011
6:30 PM
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


In what ways have artists from Mexico and the United States drawn insight from each other and how have these exchanges furthered their respective genres and informed our perceptions of each other? This autumn, the Mexican Cultural Institute will explore these questions in the first edition of a 3 part conference series Bilateral Relations: Undercurrents of Creativity. The series will shed light on how these interactions played out in the 20th century in the areas of painting, photography and music, demonstrating the dynamic and powerful ways in which culture has functioned as a creative catalyst and bridge between people, communities, and nations. In 2012, the second edition of this series will explore how these exchanges have continued in contemporary times and in the context of a globalized world.

Midwives: The Mexican Muralists and Jackson Pollock's Art
Thursday, October 20 @ 6:30pm
Free and open to the public

RSVP is recommended.

Dr. Stephen Polcari will explore the impact and crucial importance Mexican art had on the work of Jackson Pollock, the seminal American artist. Through Pollock the muralists achieved a transformation of American art that is just being recognized. The talk will examine Rivera, Siqueiros and especially Orozco and the second round of their importance, as well as which the ways in which their art lives on in Pollock.
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