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The El Paso Museum of Art Announces Paul Strand in Mexico

Woman and boy, Tenancingo de Degollado by Paul Strand, 1933/1940s (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Woman and boy, Tenancingo de Degollado by Paul Strand, 1933/1940s (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Paul Strand in Mexico
El Paso Museum of Art
June 12 through September 4, 2011

The El Paso Museum of Art announces Paul Strand in Mexico which opens to the public Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Temporary Gallery at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The Aperture Foundation exhibition Paul Strand in Mexico is a unique and important photographic “portrait” of Mexico at a critical point in its history, as seen through the eyes of a supremely gifted master of the medium. The exhibition is comprised of the complete photographic works made by Strand during both his 1932–34 trip to Mexico and a second journey in 1966; first editions of Photographs of Mexico and its 1967 reissue, The Mexican Portfolio; a presentation of Strand’s classic film, Redes (1936); and film stills by Ned Scott taken during Redes’s production in Veracruz.

Saltillo Landscape by Paul Strand, 1932/1969 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Saltillo Landscape by Paul Strand, 1932/1969 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

The exhibition and upcoming eponymous publication chronicle this pivotal time in Strand’s career and demonstrate how, through his photographic studies and work in film, Strand deepened his involvement with Mexican art, society, and revolutionary politics, shedding new light on this little-known chapter of Strand’s life.

In search of a fresh start, Strand traveled to Mexico City in late 1932 at the invitation of Carlos Chávez, the eminent Mexican composer and conductor. The work he created during this key period reflects of time of intense productivity, creative renewal, and the evolution of Strand’s foundational idea of the “collective portrait,” in which he depicted a region through photographs of individuals, still lifes, and studies of architecture and religious subjects.

Woman of Alvarado (Susana Ortiz Cobos) (Mujer de Alvarado), Veracruz by Paul Strand, 1933 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Woman of Alvarado (Susana Ortiz Cobos) (Mujer de Alvarado), Veracruz by Paul Strand, 1933 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Paul Strand in Mexico is co-produced by the Aperture Foundation and Fundación Televisa. Support for the presentation of Paul Strand in Mexico is provided by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), Mexico; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Tinker Foundation.

Admission

Non-member adults age 13 and up $5 per person.

EPMA Members and all children age 12 and under Free

Tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the Museum Store during regular hours of operation.

Parking is available at the Convention Center and Camino Real Hotel for a small fee. Limited metered parking is available on Main Street.

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday evenings Extended until 9:00 p.m.

Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Woman and boy, Tenancingo de Degollado by Paul Strand, 1933/1940s (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Woman and boy, Tenancingo de Degollado by Paul Strand, 1933/1940s (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Saltillo Landscape by Paul Strand, 1932/1969 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Saltillo Landscape by Paul Strand, 1932/1969 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Woman of Alvarado (Susana Ortiz Cobos) (Mujer de Alvarado), Veracruz by Paul Strand, 1933 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

Woman of Alvarado (Susana Ortiz Cobos) (Mujer de Alvarado), Veracruz by Paul Strand, 1933 (Courtesy the Aperture Foundation)

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