This lesson, utilizing objects from two 2009 exhibitions, explores how the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century was communicated through visual art.
Description: This lesson is based on two 2009 exhibitions, Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints and Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and his Contemporaries. The objects exhibited in Vida y Drama surveyed the heightened appreciation for Mexican identity and history by Mexican artists after a dramatic political change known as the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The Viva Mexico! exhibition exemplified how the artistic changes attracted and influenced the careers of American photographers such as Edward Weston and Paul Strand, and their contributions to American modernism in photography.
Learning Goals: In exploring this lesson, students will discover...
•The popular artistic forms and perspectives in Mexico in 1920s and 30s
•The role of politics in artistic production
•The connection between Mexican art and American art
This discovery will require students to...
•Look closely at objects and observe details
•Use prior knowledge in conjunction with observation
•Generate hypotheses based on observation and prior knowledge
Using this Resource:
•Social Studies teachers and students will be interested in what this gallery reveals about the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
•Art teachers and students will be interested in methods, materials, techniques, and the role of the artist in society.
•World Language teachers and students will be interested in studying the culture and history of a Spanish-speaking country, and practicing the language to describe images and individual ideas.
For sample classroom activities and worksheets, download the PDFs available under Related Resources at the bottom of this page. Links to other related websites are also found there. The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the art of Mexico.