MoDe(s) member Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez will participate in the symposium “A line that birds cannot see”: Mexican/US Art and Artists Crossing Borders in the 20th Century, organized at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on November 3rd, 2017. She will give the lecture Between Figuration and Abstraction: The Cultural Cold War and Tamayo’s Art in the 1950s.
The symposium explores the meaningful interactions between Mexican and US art and artists during the twentieth century. Taking Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s story as a point of departure, the program features new scholarship about the role of folk and indigenous art of the Americas in Pan-American modernism, sites and agents of intercultural exchange, the dynamics between Mexican and US art during the Cold War, and the fertile relationship between Chicano and Mexican artists.
Image: Rufino Tamayo, New York Seen from the Terrace [Nueva York desde la terraza] (detail), 1937. FEMSA Collection. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo Roberto Ortiz