Leo Matiz (1917-1998) muralista de la lente, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City. Closes 17 September 2017
Exhibition of 81 photographs by Colombian photographer and photojournalist Leo Matiz. Matiz established his reputation with his work in Mexico between 1941 and 1947, when he photographed artists and muralists such as Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo and David Siqueiros and became a close friends with José Clemente Orozco, as well as Latin American film stars and intellectuals and Spanish film directors such as Luís Buñuel. He subsequently mounted photographic campaigns in his native Colombia and in Venezuela in the 1950s, which were reproduced in periodicals such as Life and Paris Match. The exhibition also includes drawings, caricatures and Matiz’s notes to provide a context for his work.
Considered a ‘national treasure’ in her adopted country of Mexico, Leonora, whose background was strongly Irish, was originally from Clayton Le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire. Symposium speakers, artists, film makers, writers, curators and academics at the symposium will celebrate her in her home setting.
Guest Speaker, Joanna Moorhead, cousin of Leonora, will discuss her new book, ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ (Little, Brown, 2017).
31 May – 2 June
Weston Library, University of Oxford
Display and discussion of the Bodleian Library’s five pre-Colonial and early Colonial Mexican manuscripts: Codex Selden, Codex Bodley, Codex Mendoza, Codex Laud and The Roll of the New Fire (or Selden Roll).
Presents recent findings on the making and historical significance of the Bodleian’s and other early, pictorial Mesoamerican manuscripts, situating them in the context of the pre-Columbian and colonial societies that produced them, describing the world they depict, and reflecting upon their meaning in contemporary Mexico and beyond.
More information (including Programme and Registration): Click here.
The Casa del Deán: New World Imagery in a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Mural Cycle, by Penny C. Morrill (Austin: University of Texas Press, December 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-292-75930-5 (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture)
“Extensively illustrated with new color photographs, this pioneering study of a masterpiece of colonial Latin American art reveals how a cathedral dean and native American painters drew on their respective visual traditions to promote Christian faith in the New World.”
Large exhibition produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico City, exploring the Mayan civilization of eastern Mexico and modern day Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras and El Salvador. 385 objects, from museums and Mayan sites, ranging from striking funerary masks to intricate jade jewellery. It will be the only opportunity in the UK to see this exhibition, which has been organised as part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’. Entry free of charge.
Mercedes de la Garza ed., Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2015, 240 pp, 365 colour illus., £25. ISBN 9786074846515.
Extremely well illustrated, with colour photos, maps and an extensive comparative timeline from 3,000 BC to 1500 AD across civilizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Seven essays focusing mainly on the different regional characteristics of the Maya civilization in the Mexican Yucatan peninsula introduce brief catalogue entries on all 303 objects divided into eight thematic sections.
One of the outstanding Mexican photographers of the twentieth century and one of the key figures in the post-revolutionary artistic renaissance of Mexico along with Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who was her husband. Her professional career included commercial photography and professional portraits. She recorded the work of outstanding painters for the archives of the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts, she documented cultural events, taught at the Academia de San Carlos, created a photography workshop and founded the Galería de Arte Contemporáneo. She was inspired by photographers like Weston and Cartier-Bresson, and developed an extensive photographic work, of note among which are documentary images of Mexican daily life and experiments with photomontage and mural photography. She created a visual biography of the Mexico of the twentieth century from its cultural and artistic spheres to its urban and rural aspects.