In Mexico, photography has been closely associated with the photojournalistic sensibility of the artist Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002). Bravo, a founder of modernist photography, is often considered the main representative of this art form throughout Latin America. His style of straightforward black-and-white photography developed in the mid-1920s and prevailed in Mexico for more than six decades, influencing many contemporary photographers including his student Graciela Iturbide (Mexican, b. 1942). In recent months, ten magnificent examples of Iturbide’s work were donated by photography collectors Dan Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser in honor of MCASD’s long-time Trustee Murray A. Gribin.
This exhibition, comprised of 35 works from the Museum’s permanent collection, focuses on the powerful impact of Bravo’s legacy on both Mexican and international photographers. The photographers featured here offer a sophisticated look into the cultural patrimony of Mexico by exploring a range of potent subject matter, from the impact of colonization to the revolution that transformed the nation’s socio-economic landscape. Images address the deeply Catholic yet eclectic and rich history of the country while delving into issues of identity, spirituality, and the current state of Mexican society.
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