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Women Artists and the Construction of Mexicanidad

Feb 27, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
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With Alberto Mckelligan Hernández, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Of Art History At Portland State University

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism provides an exciting opportunity for Portland audiences to explore the ways in which women artists contributed to the immense cultural transformations of early-20th-century Mexico. After the violent battles of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920), the country was eager to define a new form of national identity, a complex process later described as the construction of mexicanidad, or Mexicanness. Join Alberto McKelligan Hernández in this virtual opening lecture for a look into the groundbreaking contributions of women artists that reveal how women navigated the social and artistic context of post-revolutionary Mexico and the complexities and contradictions associated with the construction of mexicanidad.

Alberto McKelligan Hernández completed his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research received the Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize from CUNY’s Center for the Study of Women and Society. He also curated Mónica Mayer: Translocal Translations, 1978-2018 for Paragon Gallery in Portland, and his research on feminist art in Mexico has been published in Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.