Wellesley Friends of Art - Fall Lecture

Developing a Visual Language for Modern Mexico: Diego Rivera's Early Murals

Join Wellesley Friends of Art, Houston for an entertaining and enlightening lecture on Mexican muralism with Dr. Beth Matusoff Merfish (Wellesley '05). This lecture will explore the early murals of Diego Rivera, one of "los tres grandes" ("the three great ones") of the Mexican muralist movement.  Focusing on theme, style, and medium, we'll investigate the decisions Rivera made as he developed a visual language for the new nation of post-revolutionary Mexico and consider how that language informs our own expectations of public art, including the public art surrounding us in Houston.

Beth Matusoff Merfish is an assistant professor of Art History at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She earned her doctorate and masters degrees at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with specializations in Latin American and Modern Art and her bachelors degree from Wellesley College. Her research project considers the virulent pro-Fascist products of two men best known for their major roles in the populist Mexican Muralist Movement: the bureaucrat Jose Vasconcelos and the artist Dr. Atl.


Proceeds from this event will go to support the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Cash or checks will be collected at door. 

To become a FoA member, please visit http://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/friends-of-art/join-friends-of-art


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015,

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: The Atrium at the Parklane, 1701 Hermann Drive, Houston, 77004

Cost: Wellesley Friends of Art members $10, non-members and guests $15.  Free for recent graduates from class years '13, '14 and '15.

Cash and checks made payable to "Friends of Art at Wellesley College" will be collected at the door.  If you wish to purchase or renew a Friends of Art membership, please write a separate check.

RSVP: to foahouston@gmail.com