Overview: The most celebrated artist of the Mexican Mural Renaissance, Diego Rivera commenced his artistic career with a long course of study in Europe. After a period of travel in Spain, England, and Belgium, Rivera settled for an extended stay in Paris, developing and exploring a distinctive style of cubism featured in the Gallery’s exhibition The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place.
Rivera’s accomplishments in Mexico and the United States were extensively documented through the efforts of two women who shared his artistic ideals and radical politics: photographer Tina Modotti and artist Lucienne Bloch. This exhibition presented more than 50 photographs by these two artists, along with books and journals that used the images to document and promote Rivera’s projects.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Meg Melvin, image specialist for modern art, was curator.