The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego’s Balboa Park proudly announces the exhibition “Mexico: The Revolution and BeyondPhotographs by Agustín Victor Casasola, 1900 1940.” Featuring more than 90 sepiatoned images, the exhibition will be on view November 12, 2006 January 7, 2007.
Produced and organized by Canopia Gestión Cultural (Spain), Turner Publicaciones (Spain/Mexico) and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (México), the exhibition documents daily life during and after the Mexican Revolution. Considered to be one of the early masters of photojournalism, Casasola captured Mexico’s shift from rural to modern society during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition is structured according to chapters of Mexican history and culture, offering visitors a cross-section of Mexican society through images ranging from street life and combat scenes to portraits of famous historical figures such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.
Curated by Mexican photographer Pablo Oritz Monas-terio, the exhibition features photographs culled from Casasola’s 500,000-plus archive at the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City. Monasterio printed the images from Casasola’s original glass-plate negatives. All images will be accompanied by text panels in both Spanish and English. Two original photo albums filled with Casasola’s images will also be on display.
“Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond” runs concurrently with the exhibition “The Roads Most Traveled: Photographs of Migration by Don Bartletti.”
“The two exhibitions act like bookends portraying the beginning and end of the 20th century,” states MoPA Curator of Photography Carol McCusker. sasola ’s images show people creating a new reality for themselves through the Revolution, while Bartletti’s photographs of cross-border migration tell another, not so dissimilar, story.”
The exhibition “Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond” is accompanied by a book of the same name, published by Aperture Foundation and edited by Monasterio with essays by Pete Hamill, Rosa Casanova, and Sergio Raul Arroyo. The book will be available for purchase in MoPA’s bookstore for $50 beginning mid-October. The complementary exhibition “The Roads Most Traveled: Photographs of Migration by Don Bartletti” is on view since October 1, 2006 to January 14, 2007. Support for “Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond” has been provided in part by the Mexican Consulate of San Diego.
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) at 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, is one of the few museums in the country devoted to photography, film and video. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.
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