Cubism. French? Spanish? South American? How do we understand these twentieth century paintings that have spread throughout every continent? LACMA’s talk, "Cubism’s Audience and Interpretation, Paris to Mexico City" places the movement in the context of its reception and historical period to find out. 

Art historians Patricia Leighten and James Oles will compare the reaction to Cubism in Paris to that in Mexico City. In Paris, Picasso's paintings were viewed as "primitive" and politically subversive of the status quo. Alternatively, in Mexico, during and after the Revolution, Cubist works were seen first as "futurist" and later as elitist, and then—at least in the case of a few paintings by Rivera—nationalist. The speakers will discuss the original and often politicized meanings of Cubist works by Picasso and Rivera and will examine particular images and how those images may be interpreted today. 

Don’t miss out on a chance to miss this intellectually stimulating event that not only adds a new dimension to what we have thus far knew about Cubism, but is also free to the public!


Patricia Leighten, Professor Emerita of Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, is author of Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897–1914 (Princeton 1989) and The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (Chicago 2013), among many other books.
James Oles is a specialist on modern Mexican art who has lived in Mexico City for over 25 years. He teaches part of each year at Wellesley College, where he is also adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum. His numerous curatorial projects range from South of the Border, including Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914–1947 (Yale University Art Gallery,1993) to the upcoming Mexichrome: Color Photography and Mexico (Fundación Televisa).

LACMA Bing Theater 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

LACMA Talk on Cubism

When
March 11, 2017 | 2:00 PM
Where
LACMA Bing Theater
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Cubism. French? Spanish? South American? How do we understand these twentieth century paintings that have spread throughout every continent? LACMA’s talk, "Cubism’s Audience and Interpretation, Paris to Mexico City" places the movement in the context of its reception and historical period to find out. 

Art historians Patricia Leighten and James Oles will compare the reaction to Cubism in Paris to that in Mexico City. In Paris, Picasso's paintings were viewed as "primitive" and politically subversive of the status quo. Alternatively, in Mexico, during and after the Revolution, Cubist works were seen first as "futurist" and later as elitist, and then—at least in the case of a few paintings by Rivera—nationalist. The speakers will discuss the original and often politicized meanings of Cubist works by Picasso and Rivera and will examine particular images and how those images may be interpreted today. 

Don’t miss out on a chance to miss this intellectually stimulating event that not only adds a new dimension to what we have thus far knew about Cubism, but is also free to the public!


Patricia Leighten, Professor Emerita of Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, is author of Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897–1914 (Princeton 1989) and The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (Chicago 2013), among many other books.
James Oles is a specialist on modern Mexican art who has lived in Mexico City for over 25 years. He teaches part of each year at Wellesley College, where he is also adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum. His numerous curatorial projects range from South of the Border, including Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914–1947 (Yale University Art Gallery,1993) to the upcoming Mexichrome: Color Photography and Mexico (Fundación Televisa).

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