Picturing Mexico
Alfredo Ramos Martínez

Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez marks the first comprehensive examination of the artist’s work produced from 1929 to 1946. An artist of great significance, Ramos Martínez (1871–1946) developed his own distinctive contribution to modernism. This exhibition explores Ramos Martínez’s work through four sections—Many Women, Religious Piety, Los Angeles Stories, and Forever Mexico—and how he produced an individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles.

The study of Ramos Martínez’s work in Los Angeles provides a greater understanding of the myriad cultural contributions of artists living in the city during the first half of the twentieth century. While many scholars have studied the influence of Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, this exhibition breaks new ground by further developing research on the presence of other influential Mexican artists in Los Angeles. This exhibition also offers visitors an opportunity to understand the constant cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in new ways.


Related Programs and Events

  • Hands ON! The Art of Mexico

    Saturday May 10, 2014 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a free day at the Museum and participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling.


    10 am | Hug High School Mariachi Band Performance - Atrium
    10 am - 4 pm | Metal Tooling Aztec Symbols - Theater Lobby
    10 am - 4 pm | Papel Amate (Bark Paintings) - Redfield Learning Center
    10:30 & 11 am | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Contemporary Gallery
    1:00 pm & 2 pm (repeats) | Jam'n Kids with JamPro Music Factory - Theater
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus) - 3rd Floor
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Contemporary Gallery


    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Vamonos con Pancho Villa (Let's Go with Pancho Villa)

    Sunday May 11, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    This 1936 film directed by Fernando de Fuentes ranks among the best of the golden age of Mexican cinema. Discussion follows screening. (92 minutes / unrated)

  • Cancelled: El Indio

    Sunday May 18, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the screening of El Indio will be cancelled for this afternoon.

    From the Golden Age of Mexican films, a story of a greedy hacienda owner who routinely mistreats his workers. Part of a tradition of socially conscious Mexican films. Join a conversation afterward. (85 minutes / unrated)

  • Curator Amy Galpin on Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California

    Thursday May 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Picturing Mexico explores Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s efforts to produce an individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. Learn about themes of immigration and identity in the exhibition and early twentieth-century America from the organizing curator of the exhibition, Amy Galpin.

  • María Candelaria

    Sunday June 1, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    This 1943 film directed by Emilio Fernández and starring Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix Prize. One of Mexico’s most beloved films, María Candelaria relates the tale of a young indigenous woman who becomes the unwitting victim of abuse and gossip. Participate in a conversation about the film after the screening. (102 minutes / unrated)

  • Latin Wine Tasters Dinner with chez louie

    Wednesday June 11, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    SOLD OUT: Our next event will be a French inspired menu on July 30. Pre-registration is required.

    Join chez louie's Chef Shakka Moore and a special guest Sommelier from Southern Wine and Spirits for a three-course dinner and wine journey loosely inspired by the exhibition Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez. Guests will enjoy a Latin-inspired menu and will savor the rich flavors of Spanish wines in an intimate setting.

    Preregistration is required and is non-refundable. Event is limited to 24 registrants. Price is inclusive of tax and gratuity.

  • Nosotros los Pobres (We the Poor Ones)

    Sunday June 15, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    We the Poor Ones, filmed in 1948 and directed by Ismael Rodríguez, presents a strong social commentary on the unfair treatment of poor people living in the city. The film, starring the extremely popular, Pedro Infante, follows the life of a young man as he struggles to find work, survive the duplicitous actions of criminals, and form a family. Participate in a conversation about the film after the screening. (115 minutes, unrated)

  • Linda Curcio-Nagy on Themes of Labor and the Mexican-American Experience

    Friday July 11, 2014 / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    An historian of Latin America, join Linda Curcio-Nagy to explore themes of labor in Mexican-American history through film, literature and art.

  • Río Escondido (Hidden River)

    Sunday July 13, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    This classic 1948 film stars Mexican super star Maria Félix as a young teacher sent to educate the children of remote rural village. At every turn, the tyrannical sheriff of the town seeks to thwart her efforts to aid the community. The situation becomes even more heated when the sheriff falls in love with the lovely teacher. Participate in a conversation about the film after the screening. (110 minutes, unrated)

  • Allá en el Rancho Grande (Out on the Big Ranch)

    Sunday July 27, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    One of the finest examples of the Mexican ranchera films of the Golden Age, Allá en el Rancho Grande, is a remake of the 1936 film. This 1949 version of the musical comedy stars Jorge Negrete in one of his quintessential roles as the Singing Charro. Negrete plays farm manager, Jose Francisco who seeks to marry the love of his life, the maid, Cruz. The film tracks the twists and turns of love triangle that puts love and friendship to the test. Participate in a conversation about the film after the screening. (90 minutes, unrated)

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Alfredo Ramos Martinez, La India del Pueblito / Indian Woman from the Small Town, ca. 1930. Oil on board. 23 x 28 inches. The University of Arizona Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. George Gregson. ©Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project, reproduced by permission.

Alfredo Ramos Martinez, El Defensor / The Protector, 1932. Tempera and Conté crayon on newsprint (Los Angeles Times, June 5, 1932), 21 x 15 1/2 inches. Private Collection, Courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts. ©Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project, reproduced by permission.

Alfredo Ramos Martínez