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This presentation focuses on Diego Rivera’s appropriation of Pre-Columbian spaces and figures in one of his most renowned works: the Anahuacalli museum of archaeology (1940-1957).
In this architectural space, Dr. Cristóbal Jacóme-Moreno argues, Rivera understood Mexico’s pre-Columbian past not only as a series of successive events in time, but especially as an active, integrative force in an ever-changing present.
This new reading of Anahuacalli also advances research on the relationship between Rivera and the archaeologist Alfonso Caso, who oversaw various government projects through a specially-created directorate (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia).
Cristobal Jacóme-Moreno is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He publishes primarily on modern art, architecture, and visual culture in Mexico from the 1910s to the 1960s. His current research focuses on mid-century Mexican architecture and its relationship to the indigenous past and the politics of national patrimony.
Free for Museum Friends, $15 for DAM members, $20 for nonmembers, and $5 for students.
Tickets will be available to Museum Friends December 3*, to DAM members December 10, and to nonmembers December 17.
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Diego Rivera, Anahuacalli Museum in construction, 1949. Photo credit: Antonio Rodríguez.