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Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection

February 1 - May 3


The Zapanta Mexican Art Collection provides an overview of artistic styles and a consideration of significant themes, political events, and social narratives that informed the creative output of several generations of modern Mexican artists.

The paintings, drawings, and prints on display represent not only Los Tres Grandes (The Three Greats) of Mexican mural painting, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, but also works by Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Zúñiga, as well as a drawing by Frida Kahlo. An illustrated catalog, written in both English and Spanish, accompanies the exhibition, which was organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

The exhibition at Ball State University is complemented by a presentation of works from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection reinforced by loans that highlight Mexican artists’ impact on the United States and East Central Indiana, including vintage photographs of Frida Kahlo in New York, Mexico, and at the U.S. border by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others. This adjunct exhibit incorporates important works by Rivera and Siqueiros collected by the Ball family and spotlights the Indiana painters Howard Leigh and Carolyn Bradley, who were Inspired by the imagery, culture, and people of Mexico.

Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection


February 1
May 3
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