Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez Symposium, March 23

Join us as we celebrate Alfredo Ramos Martínez, known to the Scripps community by the fresco he created in the Margaret Fowler Garden. Today, Martínez’s work continues to eloquently communicate his experience of the United States and Mexico in the first half of the 20th century.


Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez Symposium

March 23, 2014, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College

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, please join us in the Humanities Auditorium of Scripps College to delve more deeply into the life of this artist, of whom was said: “The most obscure, the most self effacing, and yet the most important man in the Mexican Renaissance is Alfredo Ramos Martínez, the inventor.”
(Brooke Waring, North American Review, 1935)

This symposium is supported by the Clark Fund of Scripps College.

Symposium Topics and Speakers:

Making Religion Modern: Alfredo Ramos Martínez and his Contemporaries
Amy Galpin, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College                    

Conserving Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s The Flower Vendors
Aneta Zebala, Art Conservator, Owner, Aneta Zebala Paintings Conservation, Santa Monica, California

Printmaking in Los Angeles and the Role of Maria Sodi de Ramos Martínez
Mary Goodwin, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Panel Discussion
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.        

Open to the public; admission is free, but space is limited. To RSVP, please email janderso@scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California,
at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through April 20, 2014.


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.