Dr. Susana Pliego Quijano of the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico will explore how the artists of the “Rupture Generation” fit into the broader context of Mexican art, in an address on Monday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Quijano’s address is being presented through the David and Jane Armstrong Lecture Series of the college’s Kruizenga Art Museum in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s,” which showcases work by Mexican artists who broke away from the Muralist School and explored a wider range of styles and subjects between the 1960s and the 1980s. These artists came to be known as the Rupture Generation and helped Mexican art evolve in new directions that are still playing out today. The exhibition features a selection of 32 paintings, prints and drawings by 15 artists associated with the Rupture Generation, and is on display through Saturday, Dec. 17.
Quijano holds a doctorate in art history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and is specialized in Mexican modern art. She also holds a Master in Liberal Arts from Harvard University Extension School. As an academic coordinator in the Fundación Diego Rivera, she was in charge of the inventory and catalog of Diego Rivera’s personal archive. She coordinated the Instituto de Liderazgo en Museos, a non-profit international organization in collaboration with the Getty Leadership Institute dedicated to the advancement of museums in Latin America.
She has participated in colloquia and international forums and has published several books, papers and book chapters in modern art. She is co-author of “Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s mural at Rockefeller Center,” published in 2013.
She has curated several exhibitions about Diego Rivera’s art and has taught in Mexican universities including the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM; National School of Anthropology and History, ENAH, and Universidad Iberoamericana. She currently teaches graduate courses of image analysis and modern art at the ENAH.
Quijano is also currently working in the planning project for the new Light Museum at UNAM and conducting research about the construction of Mexican Identity through international exhibitions as part as a posdoctoral fellowship in the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico (ENAH).
The Kruizenga Art Museum, which opened in August 2015, functions as an educational resource for Hope College and the greater West Michigan community. The museum features two public galleries as well as a classroom and climate-controlled storage space for the 2,000-object permanent collection. It is named in honor of a leadership gift from Dr. Richard and the late Margaret Kruizenga of Holland, each of whom graduated from Hope in 1952.
Admission to the Kruizenga Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check the museum’s website hope.edu/kam or social media for additional information about special programs and events related to this exhibition.
The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.