Luces y Sombras: Images of Mexico | Photographs from the Bank of America Collection

October 26, 2019—February 23, 2020
North Carolina Museum of Art

This exhibition features 45 photographs, spanning the 20th century, by six internationally renowned photographers who focused their cameras on Mexico: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide, Paul Strand, and Mariana Yampolsky. 

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Mexico’s landscapes, history, and culture have inspired photographers since the advent of the medium. Álvarez Bravo started his career in Mexico City in the 1920s and became one of the leading modernist photographers and teachers. He influenced several generations of Mexican photographers, including Carrillo, Iturbide, and Garduño, as well as American photographers who worked in Mexico, like Strand and Yampolsky. Mexico has a complex cultural history and has undergone social, political, and ideological transformations during the modern era. The work of these diverse photographers deeply reflects this rich history.

Flor Garduño, Tree of Life, Mexico, 1982, gelatin-silver print, 13 x 17 in., Bank of America Collection, © 2019 Flor Garduño

This exhibition is made possible through the Bank of America Art in Our Communities program. In Raleigh additional support is provided by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.

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