Photo copyright by Lola Alvarez Bravo


Organized by the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico City, 
and curated by Rachael Arauz and Adriana Zavala with James Oles as curatorial advisor
• Members Opening: September 22

Open to the general public September 23


The Museum of Latin American Art presents for its fall exhibitions the work of two Modern artists who defied the norms and were pioneers in their respective mediums—Débora Arango from Colombia and Lola Álvarez Bravo from Mexico. Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903-1993) is one of Mexico’s most important photographers from the twentieth century. Albeit the prolific aspect of her career, which spanned nearly fifty years, she remains historically overshadowed by her famous husband, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and other important photographers of her time such as Edward Weston and Tina Modotti. Lola Álvarez Bravo’s production combined commercial practice and teaching with her personal artistic concerns, including experimenting with various photographic techniques such as photomontage and photocollage, and the exploration of political issues of her time, which contributed to the development of modern Mexican photography.

Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era will provide an unprecedented opportunity to reconsider the career of this remarkable and influential artist, as it will introduce many photographic materials to the public for the first time. This will also contribute to the scholarship and open avenues for new research on her oeuvre. Soon after her death, a significant part of Lola’s archive, including negatives, documents, and over 100 prints, was acquired by the Center for Creative Photography, from her son Manuel Álvarez Bravo Martínez. However, a previously unknown portion of Lola’s archive remained in Mexico in the collection of the Rendón family.

The exhibition is comprised by this recently discovered group of photographs in the Rendón Collection, which includes unpublised negatives and archival material of Lola’s work, but also over twenty vintage prints by Manuel Álvarez Bravo and a group of images by Lola’s students at the Academia de San Carlos, including Mariana Yampolsky and Raúl Conde. This remarkable and well-preserved collection reveals the complex breadth of Lola’s career from the formation of her aesthetic in her husband’s darkroom in the 1920s to her influence on the work of her students in the 1950s.

Organized by the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico City, and curated by Rachael Arauz and Adriana Zavala with James Oles as curatorial advisor, the exhibition Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era, will be on view at the Museum of Latin American Art from September 23, 2012 to January 27, 2013, before concluding its tour at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.


Débora Arango / Lola Álvarez Bravo
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2:00 – 4:00PM
Balboa Studio Room
Moderator: Cecilia Fajardo-Hill. 
Panelists: Oscar Roldán Alzate, curator of Débora Arango Arrives Today (Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín); and Adriana Zavala, co-curator of Lóla Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era.

Women on Women
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Free Admission

Join Associate VP of Education Gabriela Martínez and Assistant Curator Selene Preciado in a conversation about women artists depicting women in Modern Art, related to the exhibitions Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today and Lóla Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era.

Image credit:
Lola Álvarez Bravo (Mexico, 1907-1993)
Diego Rivera, 1945
Gelatin silver print
Familia González Rendón Collection
© 1995 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation



By Jim McKinniss

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