ALFREDO RAMOS MARTINEZ: A TALK AND SLIDE SHOW BY CURATOR AMY GALPIN
AT THE CORONADO LIBRARY.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez was a world-renowned Mexican artist and muralist whose famed monumental fresco mural, El Dia del Mercado now graces the Coronado Public Library. Assistant Curator Amy Galpin of the San Diego Museum of Art will present, "Many Journeys: The Life and Work of Alfredo Ramos Martinez" on the art and significance of Ramos Martinez at the Coronado Public Library on Saturday, February 4 at 2:00pm in the Library’s Winn Room. Ramos Martinez painted several fresco murals for the La Avenida Café in Coronado in 1938. Two of those murals are now at the Coronado Public Library. Before working in California, Alfredo Ramos Martinez had been the Director of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. It was during his tenure at the National Art Academy in Mexico that he launched an art education program called the “Aire Libre,” or open air school of painting, with art instruction programs launched around the country in the early 20th century. Among his young students at the open air schools were future muralists, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera. Besides his mural paintings, Ramos Martinez was also an accomplished painter of portraits, Mexican scenery, and still life paintings in oil, pastels, and watercolor.
Amy Galpin is Assistant Curator, Art of the Americas at The San Diego Museum of Art. Her recent projects for The San Diego Museum of Art include the exhibitions, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man: Works by Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Brutal Beauty: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite. Her main initiative for the Museum has been preparing a 2012 exhibition and publication entitled, Behold America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art. Her other recent curatorial efforts include: Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralism at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Woman Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture at Robert Morris College, and After Adelita: Heroes, Myths, and Revolutionaries at Woman Made Gallery, where she was Gallery Coordinator for three years. She is a recent recipient of a grant from the Jean Charlot Foundation and a former Terra Fellow. Currently, she is completing her dissertation, A Spiritual Manifestation of Mexican Muralism: Works by Alfredo Ramos Martínez and Jean Charlot, for the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Attendance at his program is free of charge.
Saturday, February 4 at 2:00pm in the Library’s Winn Room
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