Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez Symposium Summary
Known for his distinctive contribution to modernism, Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s paintings and murals were deeply informed by both the European academic traditions he had absorbed while traveling abroad and by the social and populist art beginning to take root in Mexico. Although initially hailed as an innovator, Ramos Martínez was quickly left on the outskirts of the artistic trends that dominated Mexico City in the 1920s when his peers, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros— los tres grandes— and their rejection of Europe and academic traditions, rose to prominence. Seeking opportunities to continue his own modernist style, he moved to Los Angeles. With the United States on the brink of a depression, much of his work from that period reveals both the economic and cultural climate of the country as well as his individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles.
On Sunday, March 23, the Williamson Gallery held a symposium on Martínez, to delve more deeply into the life of this artist. A review of that symposium can be found here.
Symposium Topics and Speakers:
Making Religion Modern: Alfredo Ramos Martínez and his Contemporaries
Amy Galpin, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
Printmaking in Los Angeles and the Role of Maria Sodi de Ramos Martínez
Mary Goodwin, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Suzanne Muchnic, Art Writer, moderator
Tea to follow in the Margaret Fowler Garden featuring the 1945-1946 fresco mural by Alfredo Ramos Martínez, entitled, The Flower Vendors.
The symposium was organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California,
at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through April 20, 2014.
This symposium was supported by the Clark Fund of Scripps College.
Image: Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Paisaje Mexicano / Mexican Landscape, ca. 1935. Gouache and Conté crayon on paper, 27 x 32 1/2 inches. Scripps College, Claremont, CA. © Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project, reproduced by permission.