The Dallas Museum of Art has a virtual tour of its spring exhibition surveying representations of women in Mexican Modernism. Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art was inspired by the loan of the monumental paintingFlores Mexicanasby Alfredo Ramos Martínez to the DMA from the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
Recently rediscovered,Flores Mexicanasis being shown to the public for only the second time in nearly a century. The exhibition pairs two galleries: one dedicated to the work of Ramos Martínez, a father of Mexican Modernism, and an accompanying gallery of more than 25 paintings, works on paper, and textiles by other renowned artists working in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century.
Currently closed to the public due to coronavirus cautions, the museum's online view of the exhibition provides visitors the opportunity to explore the meanings behind depictions of women created during a transformative period in Mexican history.
The highlight of the show is Flores Mexicanas, the last painting Ramos Martínez completed before moving to California. This ornate 9-by-12-foot work was given as a wedding gift in 1929 to the famed aviators Anne and Charles Lindbergh, who met in Mexico City, by the Mexican president, Emilio Portes Gil. The painting depicts four sumptuously dressed women in an idyllic landscape, surrounded by luscious flowers, and has been interpreted as a representation of Mexico’s diverse racial heritage as well as an allegory of the four seasons. The Lindberghs later entrusted Flores Mexicanas to the Missouri Historical Society, where it remained off view. Recently unearthed, brought out of storage, and conserved, Flores Mexicanas went on view this past summer for the first time in 87 years.
Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art marks the inaugural presentation by Dr. Mark A. Castro, the DMA’s first Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art.