Friday with American Life: The Big Three and American Art – Whitney Museum of American Art

FRI, Jan 8, 2021, 12 pm, Online, via Zoom

The Mexican avant-garde that emerged after the Revolution inspired American artists to break free from the European aesthetic domination that had hitherto defined their art. Many of these American artists traveled to Mexico, while the most renowned Mexican muralists — José Clemente Orozco , Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros — spent long stays in the United States. While there, they created murals, paintings and prints, exhibited their work, and worked with local artists. The talk will explore the trajectories of influence that these three artists, known as the Big Three, had in the United States.

Sofía Silva is a Latinx Art Fellow in the Whitney Curation and Education departments. He specializes in contemporary Latin American and Latinx art and has an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. 

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A painting depicting a valley full of abstract spikes.
José Clemente Orozco, Landscape of Peaks , 1943. Tempera on wood, 39 1/8 × 47 15/16 in. (99.4 × 121.7 cm). Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, INBAL, Mexico City. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City.  Reproduction authorized by The National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature, 2019. Photograph by Agustín Estrada