Indigenismo: ancient roots in Mexican art from the Bank of America collection.


Exhibited at the Newark Museum, June 16-August 9, 2010


David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) Indigenous People (5/10 Mexican Suite)/Indios (5/10 Serie Mexicana) 1968 lithograph


The Newark Museum will mark the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) with an exhibition of works from the Bank of America collection. Indigenismo: Ancient Roots in Mexican Art, will be on display from June 16 through August 9, 2010. The exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and is provided by Bank of America's Art in our Communities program.

Through Art in our Communities, Bank of America has converted its collection into a unique community resource from which museums and nonprofit galleries may borrow complete or customized exhibitions.

"Bank of America is committed to strengthening artistic institutions and in turn, the communities we serve," said Robert Doherty, New Jersey market president, Bank of America. "Sharing our collection with the public through partners such as the Newark Museum not only makes business sense for the bank, but also helps support New Jersey's largest museum and a Newark cultural anchor."

By providing these exhibitions and the support required to host them, this program helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the institutions, creating stability in local communities. From 2008-2010, Bank of America will have loaned more than 30 exhibitions to museums in the US and Europe.

"Bank of America's support of this exhibition in particular and the Newark Museum in general is very special and important to this institution," said Museum Director Mary Sue Price. "Bank of America provided major support for the museum's signature expansion project through a 2007 grant and has again underwritten the 2010 Newark Black Film Festival in Newark and Trenton."

Indigenismo (Indianism) was a cultural movement that arose after the Revolution spawned by artists and writers exploring their national heritage, and proudly including their ancient Mesoamerican past. Artists participating in this movement studied and used indigenous imagery and concepts in order to express their social messages to the public.

Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871-1946), considered by many to be the father of Modern Mexican Art, according to Guest Curator Cesáreo Moreno, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art, encouraged students in his open-air classes to paint real...

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