Art, the Key to Individualism

As it relates to Oscar Wilde. |
By: Angela C. |


Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA
“Lecture to Art Students” (1883), Oscar Wilde

  * Art pieces that portray politically and socially charged themes, displayed at MOLAA:

1) “The centaur of the conquest” or “El centauro de la conquista” (1945)
By: David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1945)
  * What I see / My take: Black and white images that are chaotically joined together within a spiraling whirlwind.   The main element is exposing itself from the center, to show a two-sided muscular arm of a man, with a prevailing sword and devout cross at each end.  
  * Possibly to demonstrate the artists’ desire to make a strong affirmation of ultimate triumph over his and/or Mexico’s, struggles.   Mexico’s artists are typically of Catholic and Christian faiths, proving they are counterpart in their claim; that God will forever prevail.

2)   “Exodus”
By: Arnold Belkin (Lived and worked in Mexico, 1951)
  * What I see / My take: Barefoot, a man and a woman stand, he looking onward, she looking another direction.   There is a crowd of people behind them, expressionless though, and neither looks back towards the crowd.   He holds his hand to his forehead as if in despair, and the woman has an obvious look of sorrow or hesitancy.
  * I see a couple trying to escape, perhaps the poverty of Mexico (?).   The man is expected to stay strong but the woman does not move on freely.   They look for a better life, but there is a price to pay.

3) “Our Image” or “Nuestra Imagen”
By: David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1950)
  * What I see / My take: There is yet another black and white figure from the same artist (as; “The centaur of the conquest”), this time he depicts a faceless man, lying down with his hands tied in front of him, hands stretched.   It looks as if he is struggling to break free or maybe grasping for help, but he has no...