Lecture: "Surveys, Canons and Contemporary Art: A New Look at 500 Years of Mexican Art and Architecture"


In conjunction with his new book, Art and Architecture in Mexico, author James Oles provides insight into the process behind writing the first comprehensive survey of Mexican art in almost a half century. His talk explores how surveys were previously crafted by art historians and museum curators, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of taking a long, rather than tightly focused, view of Mexican art history.

Instead of emphasizing continuity over time, the book highlights cross-generational connections, and much of the talk focuses on the historical context — direct and indirect — that informs the work of Mexico's vibrant contemporary artists, including Francis Alÿs, Teresa Margolles and Melanie Smith, whose work is represented in the MFAH collections.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Free with general museum admission; tickets are required.
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