- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin American-Statesman Staff
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos has opened two new exhibitions featuring their holdings of Mexican and Mexico-focused photography: “Manuel Álvarez Bravo” and “México lindo.”
“Manuel Álvarez Bravo” features more than 50 signed vintage and modern prints taken by Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002), one of the founders of modernist photography and arguably the leading Mexican artistic photographer of the 20th century.
A chohort of other well-known photographers of his generation — including Hugo Brehme, Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston, as well as the French surrealist writer André Breton — Álvarez Bravo’s signature dream-like landscapes, portraits and nudes transcend time and place and have become some of the most iconic modernist images
“México lindo” is survey of more than 100 photographs spanning the last 100 years, all drawn from the Wittliff’s permanent collection.
On Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., the Wittliff will host a reception and talk by Elizabeth Ferrer entitled “Between Tradition and Modernity is a Bridge.” The former director of the Austin Museum of art, Ferrer is now a New York-based curator and writer specializing in Latino and Mexican art and photography. The reception is free.