“A line that birds cannot see”: Mexican/US Art and Artists Crossing Borders in the 20th Century

Friday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

A Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years

McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents a symposium exploring the meaningful interactions between Mexican and US art and artists during the twentieth century. Taking Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s story as a point of departure, the program features new scholarship about the role of folk and indigenous art of the Americas in Pan-American modernism, sites and agents of intercultural exchange, the dynamics between Mexican and US art during the Cold War, and the fertile relationship between Chicano and Mexican artists.

The title of the symposium is taken from Alberto Ríos’s poem “The Border: A Double Sonnet” (2015) and invokes the notion that art and ideas transcend political boundaries between nations and people.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The symposium will be webcast live.

Credit

The Latino Initiatives Pool of the Smithsonian Latino Center provided support for this symposium.