Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner's Mexico

September 14, 2017–February 25, 2018

About the Exhibition

Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico offers a new perspective on the art and visual culture of Mexico and its relationship to the United States as seen through the life and work of the Mexican-born, American Jewish writer Anita Brenner (1905–1974). Brenner was an integral part of the circle of Mexican modernists in the 1920s and played an important role in promoting and translating Mexican art, culture, and history for audiences in the United States.

Brenner was close to the leading intellectuals and artists active in Mexico, including José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot, and Tina Modotti. An influential and prolific writer on Mexican culture, Brenner is best known for her book Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots (1929). The Skirball’s exhibition will provide an immersive experience of historic discovery and underscore Brenner's importance as a Jewish woman in Mexico who inspired artists and was instrumental in introducing the North American public to Mexican history and culture.

Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.


Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico oferece uma nova perspectiva sobre a arte e a cultura visual do México e sua relação com os Estados Unidos, vista através da vida e obra de Anita Brenner (1905–1974), escritora judia-americana nascida no México. Brenner integrava o círculo de modernistas mexicanos na década de 1920 e desempenhou um papel importante na promoção e tradução da arte, cultura e história mexicana para o público dos EUA. Brenner era amiga dos principais intelectuais e artistas atuantes no México, incluindo José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot e Tina Modotti. Uma escritora influente e prolífica da cultura mexicana, Brenner é mais conhecida por seu livro Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots (1929). A exposição do Skirball oferece uma experiência imersiva de descoberta histórica, e destaca a importância de Brenner como uma mulher judia no México que inspirou artistas e contribuiu para apresentar a história e a cultura mexicana ao público norte-americano.