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Slideshow: A Vast Exhibit Of Mexican Art Has Come To Houston

The exhibit is being called the most comprehensive collection of modern Mexican art to be seen in the U.S. in over 70 years.

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  • Tina Modotti, Woman of Tehuantepec, c. 1929, gelatin silver print, Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zigrosser. (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zigrosser)
    Tina Modotti, Woman of Tehuantepec, c. 1929, gelatin silver print, Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zigrosser. (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zigrosser)
  • Saturnino Herrán, The Offering, 1913, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City. (Photo Credit: Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City)
    Saturnino Herrán, The Offering, 1913, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City. (Photo Credit: Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City)
  • Roberto Montenegro, Maya Women, 1926, oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
    Roberto Montenegro, Maya Women, 1926, oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
  • María Izquierdo, Our Lady of Sorrows, 1943, oil on board, private collection. (Photo Credit: Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston)
    María Izquierdo, Our Lady of Sorrows, 1943, oil on board, private collection. (Photo Credit: Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston)
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson, Calle Cuauhtemoctzin, Mexico City, 1934, printed 1946, gelatin silver print, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ford Motor Company Collection, gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos (Photo Credit: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos)
    Henri Cartier-Bresson, Calle Cuauhtemoctzin, Mexico City, 1934, printed 1946, gelatin silver print, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ford Motor Company Collection, gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos (Photo Credit: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos)
  • José Clemente Orozco, Barricade, 1931, oil on canvas, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, given anonymously. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
    José Clemente Orozco, Barricade, 1931, oil on canvas, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, given anonymously. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
  • José Clemente Orozco, The House of Tears: The Pimps’ Dance I, 1913–15, watercolor on paper, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
    José Clemente Orozco, The House of Tears: The Pimps’ Dance I, 1913–15, watercolor on paper, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City)
  • Juan O’Gorman, Mexico City, 1949, tempera on Masonite, Museo de Arte Moderno, INBA, Mexico City. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City  (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City )
    Juan O’Gorman, Mexico City, 1949, tempera on Masonite, Museo de Arte Moderno, INBA, Mexico City. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City (Photo Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City )
  • Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait on the Border Line between Mexico and the United States, 1932, oil on metal, collection of María and Manuel Reyero, New York.  © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
    Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait on the Border Line between Mexico and the United States, 1932, oil on metal, collection of María and Manuel Reyero, New York. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
  • Diego Rivera, Still Life with Bread and Fruit, 1917, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Morton D. May. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
    Diego Rivera, Still Life with Bread and Fruit, 1917, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Morton D. May. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
  • Diego Rivera, Portrait of Martín Luis Guzmán, 1915, oil on canvas, Fundación Televisa Collection and Archive. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
    Diego Rivera, Portrait of Martín Luis Guzmán, 1915, oil on canvas, Fundación Televisa Collection and Archive. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
  • Diego Rivera, Dance in Tehuantepec, 1928, oil on canvas, collection of Eduardo F. Costantini, Buenos Aires. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
    Diego Rivera, Dance in Tehuantepec, 1928, oil on canvas, collection of Eduardo F. Costantini, Buenos Aires. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo Credit: © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D. F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
  • Antonio Ruiz, Bicycle Race, 1938, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with the Nebinger Fund.  (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art)
    Antonio Ruiz, Bicycle Race, 1938, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with the Nebinger Fund. (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Zapatistas, c. 1932, oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC  (Photo Credit: © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC )
    Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Zapatistas, c. 1932, oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC (Photo Credit: © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC )
  • Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flower Seller, c. 1916, pastel on paper on canvas, Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico City. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC (Photo Credit: © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC)
    Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flower Seller, c. 1916, pastel on paper on canvas, Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico City. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC (Photo Credit: © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC)
  • Adolfo Best Maugard, The Powdered Woman, 1922, oil on cardboard, collection of Lance Aaron and Family. (Photo Credit: Collection of Lance Aaron and Family)
    Adolfo Best Maugard, The Powdered Woman, 1922, oil on cardboard, collection of Lance Aaron and Family. (Photo Credit: Collection of Lance Aaron and Family)

The exhibit "Paint the Revolution," at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) looks at how Mexican artists worked within the modernist movement of the 1910s through the 1950s.

Mari Carmen Ramírez, MFAH’s Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, helped bring together over 200 works, including paintings, sculptures, and photography by prominent artists of the era.

“Artists featured in the exhibition are ‘Los Tres Grandes,’ or ‘The Three Great’ ones: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco,” Ramírez says. “As well as the very famous Frida Kahlo."

According to Ramírez, the works represent a golden period of Mexican art — that impacted the social and political scenes of its time.

"This era of Mexican art provides the basis for what Mexico is today,” Ramírez says. “Everything we understand about Mexico today was really forged during the revolutionary period in the first half of the century."

The exhibition is open now through October 1st.

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