Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines Art Center's Collection

HandsMay 14 – September 26, 2021 
John Brady Print Gallery
ORGANIZED BY ASSOCIATE CURATOR JARED LEDESMA

The title of this exhibition—Manos, or “hands”—is after a lithograph by renowned twentieth century Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949). Produced in 1930, the print is a sensitive yet fastidious study of forearms and cupped hands. Orozco’s delicate presentation of hands is especially poignant considering his interest in depicting politically charged art that focuses on the labor force of Mexico. Joining Orozco’s lithograph in this exhibition will be figurative drawings by Diego Rivera and Francisco Zúñiga, etchings by contemporary artist Miguel Condé from his noted “Guggenheim Suite” portfolio, and photographs by Graciela Iturbide, among other works.

Manos is organized by Associate Curator Jared Ledesma.

(Above) José Clemente Orozco  (Mexican, 1883 – 1949)
Manos (Hands), 1930
Lithograph on paper
22 3/4 × 15 7/8 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Carl Weeks, 1954.165
Photo: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

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