Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici

Resnick Pavilion
November 19, 2017–March 18, 2018
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Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici is a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 100 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to our understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. Its seven main themes—Great Masters, Master Story Tellers, Noble Pursuits and the Academy, Paintings of the Land, The Power of Portraiture, The Allegorical World, and Imagining the Sacred—explore the painters’ great inventiveness and the varying contexts in which their works were created. The exhibition represents the first and most serious effort to date to reposition the history of 18th century painting in Mexico; it will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication, complete with scholarly essays authored by the leading experts in the field. Co-organized with Fomento Cultural Banamex, Mexico City, the exhibition will subsequently travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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This exhibition was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Fomento Cultural Banamex.

Major support is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. The project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Bryce R. Bannatyne, Jr. and Elaine Veyna de Bannatyne Living Trust.

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Lauren Beck and Kimberly Steward, the Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, The Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer Foundation, David Schwartz Foundation, Inc., Taslimi Foundation, and Lenore and Richard Wayne.

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Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018.

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Image: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, Mexico, 1713–1772, Portrait of Doña Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas (Retrato de Doña Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas), c. 1762, Galería Coloniart. Collection of Felipe Siegel, Anna and Andrés Siegel, Mexico City, photo © Rafael Doniz

Ilona Katzew, Curator of Latin American Art, Talks about "Pinxit Mexici" and Building the Collection

Unframed is taking a look behind the scenes to profile the dedicated and creative people who make LACMA special. We sat down with curator and head of the Latin American Art department Ilona Katzew to talk about her upcoming exhibition Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici, how paintings have their own histories, discovering a viceroy under layers of pink paint, and skipping school on a clandestine bike…