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Wed , Aug 22 , 2018 01:00 AM
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Event Name NYC: Met Paintings from 18th C Mexico
Tagline Painted in Mexico, 1700‚Ä
Host Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event Type Major Special Exhibit
Description

The vitality and inventiveness of artists in 18th-century New Spain (Mexico) is the focus of the exhibition Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici, opening April 24 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through some 112 works of art (primarily paintings), many of which are unpublished and newly restored, the exhibition will survey the most important artists and stylistic developments of the period and highlight the emergence of new pictorial genres and subjects. Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790 is the first major exhibition devoted to this neglected topic.

The exhibition is made possible by the Placido Arango Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 
The exhibition is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Fomento Cultural Banamex.

During the first century after the conquest of Mexico, artists from Europe—mainly immigrants from Spain—met the growing demand for images of all types, both religious and secular. Some of these artists established family workshops in Mexico that endured for generations. By the middle of the 17th century, artists born and trained in Mexico, responding to the mounting needs of both individual and institutional patrons, had risen to prominence and developed pictorial styles that reflected the changing cultural climate. The 18th century ushered in a period of artistic splendor, as local schools of painting were consolidated, new iconographies were invented, and artists began to organize themselves into academies. Attesting to the artists' extraordinary versatility, painters whose monumental works cover the walls of chapels, sacristies, choirs, and university halls were often the same ones who produced portraits, casta paintings (depictions of racially mixed families), folding screens, and intimate devotional images. The volume of work produced by the four generations of Mexican painters that spanned the 18th century is nearly unmatched elsewhere in the vast Hispanic world. 

The growing professional self-awareness of artists during the period led many educated painters not only to sign their works to emphasize their authorship but also to make explicit reference to Mexico as their place of origin through the Latin phrase pinxit Mexici (painted in Mexico). This expression eloquently encapsulates the painters' pride in their own tradition and their connection to larger, transatlantic trends.

Start Date/Time 2018-04-24 10:00:00
End Date/Time 2018-07-22 16:52:00
Location Metropolitan Musem of Arts
Street 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
City New York City
State  New York
Phone Number 2125357710
Email www.metmuseum.org
 
 
 
  
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