The Newark Museum marks the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) with an exhibition of works from the Bank of America Collection Arts in our Communities Program Indigenismo: Ancient Roots in Mexican Art.
Indigenismo (Indianism) was a cultural movement that arose after the Revolution spawned by artists and writers exploring their national heritage, and proudly including their ancient Mesoamerican past. Artists participating in this movement studied and used indigenous imagery and concepts in order to express their social messages to the public. Indigenismo was the impetus responsible for many of Mexico’s great works of art—whether painted on walls or printed on paper—and part of a legacy that continues up to the present.
The Bank of America Collection contains fine examples of early Indigenismo works as well as the influences this movement had on subsequent generations of Mexican artists. including Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000), and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002). Other artists represented in the Newark Museum’s exhibition include Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871-1946), Diego Rivera (1886-1963), Carlos Merida (1891-1984), Martín Ramirez (1895-1963), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), Jean Charlot (1898-1979), , Francisco Zúñiga (1912-1998), Mariana Yampolsky (1925-2002), Luis Jiménez Jr. (1940-2006), Amado Maurillo Peña Jr. (b.1943), Judithe Hernández (b.1948), and Flor Garduño (b.1957).