Master Drawings NY celebrates Mexican muralism with panel and in-person exhibition at the Academy of Arts and Letters – Harlem World Magazine


On Friday, January 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST, registered attendees will participate in a lively discussion about Mexican muralism and the artists who marked this period in Mexico and the United States.

War dominated the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe. New political ideologies – socialism and communism – also added tensions.

Art responded by focusing on the ordinary man and woman in natural and urban environments.

The Americas have also been affected by calls for change. In Mexico, a decade-long revolution offered Mexico the opportunity to recognize its pre-Hispanic past with a new mixed-race population.

Art became the medium to elicit emotions and proudly share epic tales of how this mixed world would take shape.

The Mexican muralism movement embraced European traditions of drawing and fresco painting with a social realism and new aesthetic that swept across North America.

Joining moderator, Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund:

  • Esther Adler, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA
  • Leon Tovar, director, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
  • Dr. Orlando Hernández-Ying, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Conservation Researcher for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Fellowship, Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Attendees will also see a special exhibit curated by the Hispanic Society Museum and Library. A selection of nearly two dozen drawings will be exhibited among the collections of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.

These designs were executed by artists as preparatory drawings for other works of art, such as frescoes, tapestries, paintings, and architectural-sculptural ensembles.

This exhibition will complement the drawings by Jose Clemente Orozco recently donated to the Hispanic Society and will also feature earlier drawings by Rafael Ximeno y Planes and Juan Rodriguez Juárez.

To give visitors a clearer idea of ​​the vast and diverse holdings of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, the exhibition will also feature drawings by notable artists from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America from the 17th to 20th centuries, including Jusepe de Ribera and Bartolome Esteban Murillo. , Alonso Cano, Francisco Goya and Lucientes, Joaquin Sorolla and Bastida and Francisco (Pancho) Fierro.

400 Years of Master Drawings from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library was curated by Marcus Burke, Senior Curator, Paintings and Drawings, Hispanic Society.


Esther Adler Esther Adler is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art. His exhibition Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw is on view at MoMA through March 19, 2022 and will travel to The Menil Collection in April, after opening at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 12, 2021. Most recently, she curated Betye Saar: the legends of Black Girl’s Window (with Christophe Cherix, 2019), Charles White: A Retrospective (with Sarah Kelly Oehler, 2018) and Charles White—Leonardo da Vinci. Organized by David Hammons (2017). Past projects include Dorothea Rockburne: the self-made drawing (2013), Modern American: Hopper to OKeeffe (2013), and Gifted: Collectors and Drawings at MoMA, 1929-1983 (2011).

Leon Tovar is the director of the New York gallery Leon Tovar Gallery which promotes and presents the best examples of Latin American modernism. In 1990, Mr. Tovar opened his first location in Bogotá, Colombia, with a presentation of the work of Sol LeWitt and Bernar Venet, followed by exhibitions on Josef Albers, Carlos Rojas, Luis Camnitzer, Dennis Oppenheim and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar.

In 2002, Mr. Tovar moved his operation to New York’s Upper East Side, where he was among the first galleries to exhibit the geometric, kinetic, optical and constructivist tendencies practiced by avant-garde artists from Latin America.

His expertise in the field was informed by his personal relationships with many artists, including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Rojas, Edgar Negret and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, as he worked to increase the visibility of Latin American art and its place in a global discussion of modernism.

Alongside his role as gallery director, Mr. Tovar has provided advice to museums, auction houses, collectors, curators, appraisers and artists, and served on selection committees for fairs. of art ARTBO and ARCO Madrid. His published articles appear in publications such as Summus and Revista Credencial, and he was a guest panelist in Latin American Art Now (2017), Art, Nationality, and Global Modernism (2018), and Where is Latin American Art? Center Stage (2019), all hosted by TEFAF New York.

Dr Hernandez Ying has devoted more than 20 years to museum work and college teaching. His trajectory includes several positions in institutions such as MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Historic New Orleans Collection in the United States.

In his native Panama, Dr. Hernández served as National Museum Coordinator and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Anthropology, where he oversaw 18 state museums and led salvage efforts for a collection of approximately 16,000 archaeological artifacts from ancient Panama. His teaching trajectory includes universities such as NYU, CUNY, Tulane University, and the National University of Panama.

His academic background includes a master’s degree in museum studies from NYU and a doctorate in art history and criticism from Graduate Center City University in New York.

Recently, Dr. Hernández has collaborated with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in research projects associated with ancient gold from the Isthmo-Colombian region.

Currently, he is on the curatorial team of the Hispanic Society of America as a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Curatorial Research Fellow for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Fellowship, Hispanic Society Museum & Library.


Savona Bailey-McClain is a curator and arts administrator based in Harlem. She is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund, which has held high profile public art exhibitions throughout New York City for the past 20 years, including Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem.

His public art installations encompass sculpture, drawing, performance, sound, and mixed media, and have been widely covered by The New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post, among others. She is the host/producer of “State of the Arts NYC”, a weekly podcast program on Podyssey, Radio Public, Youtube, Mixcloud and other audio platforms.

She is also a member of ArtTable, NYC Dance in Sacred Places, the International Sculpture Center and the Governors Island Advisory Council.

Photo credit: 1) Art. 2) Savona Bailey-McClain.

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