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Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco

  • Edited by Rebecca McGrew and Terri Geis
    With contributions by Mary K. Coffey, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Terri Geis,
    Benjamin Kersten, and Rebecca McGrew

    José Clemente Orozco’s 1930 mural Prometheus, created for the Pomona College campus, is a dramatic and gripping examination of heroism. This thoughtful exhibition catalogue examines the multiple ways Orozco’s vision resonates with four artists working in Mexico today. Isa Carrillo, Adela Goldbard, Rita Ponce de León, and Naomi Rincón- Gallardo share Orozco’s interest in history, justice, social protest, storytelling, and power yet approach these topics from their own twenty-first-century sensibilities. These artists activate Orozco’s mural by reinvigorating Prometheusfor a contemporary audience. 

    This gorgeous volume presents substantial new scholarship connecting Mexican muralism with contemporary art practices. Three new essays address different aspects of Orozco, Prometheus, and the connections between Los Angeles and Mexico. The contributors take on a broad range of topics, from murals as public art to how Orozco’s work fits into contemporary frameworks of aesthetic theory. The book also includes a chronology, vibrant reproductions, and critical essays focused on the con-temporary artists. 

    This volume was published to accompany an exhibition on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art August 29 through December 16, 2017.  Prometheus 2017 was part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Major support for this exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

    Rebecca McGrew is senior curator at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Terri Geis is director of education and interpretation at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

    244 pages
    10 1/4 x 13 inches
    150 color and 50 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-1-60606-544-0

    Pomona College Museum of Art
    In association with Getty Publications