Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA

September 28, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Sonoma County Museum

This traveling exhibition of photographs from SFMOMA's collection reveals a distinctively rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. It begins with works from the medium's first artistic flowering in the wake of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and goes on to explore the explosion of the illustrated press at midcentury; the documentary investigations of cultural traditions and urban politics that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s; and more recent considerations of urban life and globalization. Featuring approximately 75 photographs, Photography in Mexico includes works by Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Graciela Iturbide, Elsa Medina, Tina Modotti, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Edward Weston, and Mariana Yampolsky, among others. This presentation at the Sonoma County Museum is part of an unprecedented tour of works from SFMOMA's renowned photography collection to communities throughout California while our building is closed for expansion.

Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation and by Bank of America.

The James Irvine Foundation Bank of America
  • black and white image of mexican wrestler
    Lourdes Grobet, Ponzoa, Arena Coliseo, ca. 1983; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Jane and Larry Reed; Lourdes Grobet
  • photo of store fronts and buildings in Mexican town
    Alejandro Cartagena, Business in a Newly Built Suburb in Juarez, from the series Suburbia Mexicana, 2009; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; Alejandro Cartagena
  • photo of woman with iguanas on head
    Graciela Iturbide, La Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas, Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico (Our Lady of the Iguanas, Juchitan, Oxaca, Mexico), 1979; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, gift of the artist; Graciela Iturbide