Dallas exhibition provides unique opportunity to TCU community

TCU students, faculty and staff have the unique opportunity to experience the México 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the Avant-Garde, currently at the Dallas Museum of Art. Students can see the key works they are studying that were created in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century, a crucial moment of artistic change.

One could argue that Mexico City was the epicenter of the art world during this time, just as Paris was in the 19th century. A number of important art movements grew out of Mexico at this time, including the muralist movement, a product of and response to the Mexican Revolution. Significant works by three of the best-known muralists, Rivera, Orozco, and Davíd Alfaro Siqueiros – known as los tres grandes, or the three great ones – are included in the exhibit. Lesser known but talented muralist Saturnino Herran died young before he could complete the mural Our Gods, a highlight of the exhibit.

Unique to this exhibit is Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas that rarely leave Mexico City, and 20 percent of the exhibit is devoted to works created by women, uncommon in many museum exhibitions.

TCU is sponsoring a Family Day at the DMA on April 30, where students, faculty, staff, alumni and families can see the exhibit for free. Since its opening a month ago, the exhibit has attracted more than 35,000 visitors, and it is well on its way to being one of the best-attended exhibits in DMA history.

The TCU School of Art promotes critical, artistic and intellectual development in its students. A part of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Art encompasses three areas of study: Art History, Art Education and Studio Art.

The DMA is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas and is open for TCU Family Day at the DMA from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.