Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925 – 1945 on view at the Whitney

Painting showing a woman in a blue skirt carrying a basket of lily flowers on her back
Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Calla Lily Vendor, 1929, on view at the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art has extended their exhibition Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925 – 1945 through January 31, 2021. Due to continued safety precautions, advance tickets are required and can be booked through the Whitney’s website.

Mexico underwent a radical cultural transformation at the end of its Revolution in 1920. A new relationship between art and the public was established, giving rise to art that spoke directly to the people about social justice and national life. The model galvanized artists in the United States who were seeking to break free of European aesthetic domination to create publicly significant and accessible native art. Numerous American artists traveled to Mexico, and the leading Mexican muralists—José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—spent extended periods of time in the United States, executing murals, paintings, and prints; exhibiting their work; and interacting with local artists. With nearly 200 works by over sixty Mexican and American artists, this exhibition reorients art history by revealing the profound impact the Mexican muralists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period and the ways in which their example inspired American artists both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life and to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices.

Whitney Museum of American Art, press release