A Revolution of Mexican Art in America
The Whitney’s show, “Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art,” is a study in revisionism, recasting the standard story so that those formerly disregarded and excluded from the canon of modern American art are instead given a place in it.
July 20, 2020
Roberto Gavaldón: Mexico’s Auteur of Noir
The Golden Age of Mexican cinema began soon after the arrival of sound in the early 1930s and ended sometime between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s, depending on who’s telling the story. Camped out somewhere in that landscape is Roberto Gavaldón, the subject of a thirteen-film retrospective now playing at MoMA.
April 27, 2019
Graciela Iturbide, Visionary Ethnographer
The dark ballast of Iturbide’s photography is a deep knowledge of predation: how humans prey on animals; how modern industry exploits a largely indigenous underclass; how artists wrangle life from their subjects in the name of creation.
March 30, 2019
World Cup 2018: Mexico
The ball shot off Cuau’s left foot into the net for a spectacular goal—golazo!—that tied the game. At that instant, a passion for Mexican futbol, for El Tri, entered me like a lightning bolt through that antennae held out the window, pointed up at that legendary Mexico City sky.
June 16, 2018
Physical Graffiti on the Border
What’s clear is that the “big beautiful wall” promised by Donald Trump is already a thing of the past, a technology superseded by new electronic barriers being built along the US-Mexico border. His prototype sections of wall should stand as material testaments to outdated, empty rhetoric.
April 9, 2018