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Cultural Event Reflective Essay: Mexican Art Exhibition

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The cultural event I went to was an exhibition; the exhibition is called Mexican Modernity 20th century paintings from the Zapanta collection. The Mexican art collection of Zapanta shows some of the most noteworthy modern Mexican artists. The exhibition takes you on a tour through some of the social and political histories of Mexico in the 20th century. The exhibition incorporates a big range of artists whose work reminds people of the importance of artistic expression in times of conflict and change. To begin with, the emotional connection the event gave me was overall good. The exhibition helped me learn a lot about the artists, and the hardships they overcame in their life. One of the paintings that caught my eye is called Philanthropy On Vacation; this painting was created by David Alfaro Siqueiros. This painting caught my eye because the meaning behind the painting and the story of the artist was very interesting to me. The painting shows social injustice by contrasting how the three upper-class figures known as the carnivalesque, show little importance to the mother and child who are peasants. The story of the artists known as David is also interesting to me.

The artist David was engaged in politics, he was in the Mexican Revolution as a soldier. He also fought in the Spanish civil war against fascism. Because of David political activism, he was imprisoned numerous times then he was exiled. In addition, this event is constituted as a fine arts event because it is an exhibition on visual art that included paintings, drawings, watercolor, sculptures but most importantly it was meaningful. Not only were all the paintings beautiful, they all included a meaning and message. For example, the oil on canvas painting that Jesus Guerrero Galvan of a boy sleeping on a volcanic rock. Jesus would often put in his work lyrical realism and a sense of spirituality. In the oil on canvas painting with no title that he created; it showed a boy sleeping with an extreme lack of energy on a volcanic rock that appears to be warm.

Another oil on canvas painting that was meaningful was the painting called The thorn by Raul Anguiano. The painting by Raul showed a woman named Maria who has a thorn in her foot and is using the artist knife to take it out. This painting represents the ability to recover quickly from difficulties from indigenous people. Therefore, this cultural event influences society by showing how all the artists in the exhibition had many hardships in their life but still followed their passion for art and achieved great things in their life. This event influences society by showing if you follow your passion do not give up even in difficult times because great things will happen in the end. This event informs people about some of the political histories most of the artist went through and gives people a sense of tranquility when walking through the exhibition.

In conclusion, the exhibition on Mexican Modernity was extremely interesting. Because of that, I would recommend this event to someone. Not only would the person see paintings, sculptures, and drawings; they would also learn the story behind not just the artwork but also the artist. I would attend another cultural exhibition because I found it very educative and interesting at the same time. I always thought that anything to do with culture exhibition was boring, but I was wrong.

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