Viva Designo Mexicano
By: Steven Heller | May 7, 2010
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University’s Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts #26 explores new perspectives on 20th-century Mexican art and visual culture. It brings together research on understudied developments of decorative arts, propaganda, and other media, with emphasis on Mexican modernism.
The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (DAPA) has been particularly interested in Latin America with special theme issues on Argentina (1992), Brazil (1995), and Cuba (1996). This attention to Latin America is only natural given that the Journal is edited and published in Miami, the “gateway to the Americas.”
The publication of the Mexico theme issue, edited by Lynda Klich and Jonathan Mogul, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and includes richly illustrated essays that look beyond the most well-known aspects of post-Revolutionary Mexican culture, especially muralism and the search for a national identity based on an idealized indigenous peasant class. The publication also provides an expanded portrait of the Mexican Renaissance. The issue can be order from Penn State Press here. Viva designo.