Whitney Museum’s “Vida Americana” Exhibit Spotlights Giants of Mexican Muralist Art
The Mexican Revolution of 1920 was famous for not only disrupting the social political fabric of Mexico, but also forging a new relationship between art and the public that brought direct forth the most pressing issues of the social climate. Murals broke all barriers of social elitism by making themselves visible to anyone while portraying local Indigenous subjects and mixing in subtle hints of European art practices. With its accessibility, murals became an instant popularity that connected thousands within the community.
This was the period where dissonance fueled a new wave of great Latinx muralists, including David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, and Clemente Orozco, to name a few. The success of these artists became an undeniable force that eventually trickled influence over subsequent muralist movements that took place in the United States.
You can witness these large scale masterpieces in “Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945” at the beautiful Whitney Museum in New York City. Open until May 17th, the exhibit showcases over 200 impressive works of art by 60 Mexican and American artists. Catch a glimpse of expressive vibrance from artists giants like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to lesser known, avant-garde artists like Philip Guston and Thomas Hart Benton.
And while you’re there, don’t forget to tag your Instagram posts with the hashtag #VidaAmericana and soak up some spring Vitamin D at the museum’s outdoor terrace on the 7th and 8th floor.