Twentieth Century Mexican Art

Ref: C3673586

The history of Mexico in the first half of the 20th century is one of political upheaval and experimentation; this generated vigorous artistic creativity as Mexican artists became involved. In the 1930's it also attracted European artists fleeing from political persecution. This mixture of politics, Mexican and foreign artists resulted in a ferment of artistic activity.The course will look at the portrayal of the everyday, a feature of post independence Mexico; at the political art of the Revolution; at the contributions of the European exiles; at the surrealists; and at the artists of the Rupture movement. The work of the most famous Mexican artists of the period- for example Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco, Frida Kahlo- will be explored, but the course will also seek to examine the work of many of the lesser known artists, men and women. And it will do so within the economic, social and political context of the time.

Course aim

This interactive course will explore the remarkable nature of 20th Century Mexican art, setting in its historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of Mexican art of this period
  • Understand the nature of the historical context within which this art was produced
  • Develop criteria by which to evaluate this art
  • Express clearly personal preferences and opinions about this art

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing is required; a reading list will be provided and many students use this to follow up interests at home

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Twentieth Century Mexican Art


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