04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Research Hall 201
Section Information for Fall 2010Mexican muralism emerged as a means for artists to promote the social ideals of the Revolution (1911-1920). Backed by political and cultural leaders, Mexican artists sought to build a new national consciousness by celebrating the culture and heritage of the Mexican people. This public monumental art also created a forum for the education of the populace about the living conditions of the peasantry. Despite the utopian objectives of the project, however, conflict emerged among the muralists and their sponsors as to how this vision should be achieved. This course will address the various aims and ideologies of the Mexican muralists as well as reactions to muralism by artists working in other mediums. It will also address muralism’s impact throughout Latin America and the United States.