Diego Rivera. <i>Frozen Assets.</i> 1931–32. Fresco on reinforced cement in a galvanized-steel framework, 94 1/8 x 74 3/16 in (239 x 188.5 cm). Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico. © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Diego Rivera: From Mexico to Manhattan: Rivera and Mexico

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art, this three-part lectures series addresses the culture and politics of early-20th-century Mexico, the influence of the Mexican Revolution on Rivera, and the controversial mural Rivera was commissioned to create for Rockefeller Center.

Rivera and Mexico
Journalist and writer Elena Poniatowska discusses the social and political atmosphere in which Rivera lived and worked and how it shaped his artistic practice in Mexico and beyond.

Elena Poniatowska Amor was born in 1932 in Paris, France, of Polish and Mexican descent. She has lived in Mexico since 1942. Educated in Mexico and the United States, she began her literary career as a journalist with the daily Excelsior in 1953, and has since contributed articles, essays, and chronicles to major newspapers including Novedades, la Jornada, El Financiero, El Día, El Nacional, and The News, and for such magazines as Siempre, Revista Mexicana de Literatura, Punto, Proceso, Nexos, Vuelta, Fem, and Revista de la Universidad.

Poniatowska has lectured widely in Mexico the United States, and has made presentations at Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Paris, and Lyon. As a visiting professor she has taught at universities in Texas and Florida, as well as at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, and on the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles. In Mexico, she has been recognized with the Javier Villaumutia award, a distinction she declined, and was twice honored with the Mazatlan Award for Literature (in 1972 and 1992). She is the first woman to have received the national award for journalism (1979) and holds such distinctions in this field as the El Porvenir (1986), the Manuel Buendia (1987), and the national Juchiman awards. Her work was recongnized in Colombia with the Premio Internacional Proartes in 1997 and, in Chile that same year, with the Gavriela Mistral awards. She has been granted fellowships by the Centro Mexicana de Excritores (1957), the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (1993), and the Guggenheim foundation (1994), among others. In additon, Ms. Poniatowska is the recipient of two Doctor Honoris Causa distinctions from the universities of Sinaloa and Mexico State in Mexico, and she holds a Doctorate in Humane Letters from the New School for Social Research in New York and another from Atlantic University in Florida. Her work has been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Danish, and Dutch.

In conjunction with the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

Tickets ($10, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) are available online, at the information desk in the main lobby, and at the film desk after 4:00 p.m. Any remaining tickets may be picked up one hour before the start of the program at the Education and Research Building ticketing desk.