Muralist and Folk Art in Mexico
Mexico City & Oaxaca
Modern-day Mexico City is a place like no other, where ancient, Colonial, and modern cultures co-mingle and collide. This is especially true of the Mexican mural tradition, one that spans two millennia.
We'll follow this intriguing thread of mural making beginning at the ancient site of Teotihuacan, where murals tell us much about the city's religion and social organization. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, they enlisted indigenous painters to cover the walls of newly built monasteries, convents, and churches with Christian imagery.
We'll see outstanding examples of this in the convents of Acolman and Huejotzingo. After the revolution, in the mid-1920s, the modern mural tradition emerged to address the political and social reforms of the day. We will study the powerful work of Los Tres Grandes—Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros— that abounds in government buildings of Mexico's historic center.
Many cultural, culinary and architectural charms await in the small, vibrant city of Oaxaca, where centuries-old folk art traditions continue to flourish. We'll meet master potters, woodcarvers and weavers in their homes and studios, enjoy private visits to important craft museums, meander in the glorious Ethnobotanical Garden on the grounds of the old church of Santa Domingo, among many other highlights.
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