Event Host: Division of Arts and Humanities
During the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Mexico City acted as a nexus of radical artists and intellectuals — from Mexico and abroad — who met, organized, and created their works in this lively city. My talk analyzes the complex interactions of these folks from different parts of the world and the ways they shaped Mexico’s postrevolutionary cultural and political environments. In addition to Mexico’s leading artists, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, this presentation will consider the photographer Tina Modotti (from Italy); the founder of the journal Mexican Folkways, Frances (Paca) Toor (from the U.S.); the printmaker Pablo O’Higgins (from the U.S.); the controversial arrival of Leon Trotsky (from the Soviet Union); and others.
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