Politics and Culture in Mexican Modernism Art Exhibit

I recently visited the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, where there is an exhibit titled “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.” The Frist’s website gives a description of the exhibit and some background info about the featured artists, particularly Kahlo and Rivera, and includes a lot about the political and cultural importance of their art in post-revolutionary Mexico. This, as well as the fact that the first thing to meet my eye upon entering the exhibit was a large panel outlining the connection of these artists with the ideas of the Mexican Revolution, gave me the impression walking into the museum that the exhibit would have a very clear emphasis on the culture and politics of the artists. 

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