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Women Artists of Modern Mexico Frida’s Contemporaries

June 22 – September 2, 2007 Main Gallery
Black and white photo of woman in white dress reclining on wooden log
Lola Álvarez Bravo, El ensueño (The Dream), Isabel Villaseñor, Chachalacas, Veracruz, 1941, silver gelatin print, Private Collection

This exhibition showcased the artistic works of 26 women who have produced art since the beginning of the twentieth century. These artists used painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture to provide a view of modernity through different perspectives and approaches. They were creators, muses, and purveyors of a social conscience. These exceptional women were not limited to the visual arts, as their expressions also included music, dance, literature, theater and cinema.


Lola Álvarez Bravo (1907-1993), Carmen Antúnez (1900-1981), Angelina Beloff (1879-1969), Rosario Cabrera (1901-1975), Celia Calderón (1921-1969), Leonora Carrington (b.1917), Rosa Castillo (1910-1989) Elizabeth Catlett (b.1919), Olga Costa (1913-1993), Lola Cueto (1897-1978) Andrea Gómez (b.1926), Kati Horna (1912-2000), Elena Huerta (1908-1999), Maria Izquierdo (1902-1955), Sarah Jiménez Vernis (b.1928), Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Rina Lazo (b.1928), Tina Modotti (1896-1942), Fanny Rabel (b.1922), Alice Rahon (1914-1987), Aurora Reyes (1908-1985), Rosa Rolando (1895-1970), Cordelia Urueta (1908-1995), Remedios Varo (1908-1963), Isabel Villaseñor (1909-1953), Mariana Yampolsky (1925-2002)


Dolores Mercado assisted by Tomás Zurián


National Museum of Mexican Art


All images below are a glimpse into the exhibition for those who could not attend in person.


Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Mexico City (Mujeres artistas en el México de la Modernidad: Las contemporáneas de Frida July 15 – August 12, 2008)

Exhibition Highlights

Additional Exhibition Highlights

LaSalle Bank


Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

Institute for Museum & Library Services

Chicago Park District

Illinois Arts Council

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

American Airlines



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