Ask a Curator: Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945

Feb 9, 2021

Join curator Barbara Haskell, assistant curator Marcela Guerrero, and senior curatorial assistant Sarah Humphreville for an interactive discussion about Vida Americana. This monumental survey reveals the transformative cultural dialogue that brought together artists from Mexico and the United States in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. During this time, Mexican artists—including the leading muralists José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—forged a powerful visual language that addressed national identity and social justice. Drawing inspiration from the example of their Mexican contemporaries, American artists, from Isamu Noguchi and Jackson Pollock to Jacob Lawrence and Marion Greenwood, in turn created their own stories bringing together activism and everyday life. Haskell, Guerrero, and Humphreville will provide an overview of the exhibition and then take questions from the audience.