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Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (3)
April 14, 2016


E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM recently was in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: the New York Years. This is Carmen's third post from Mexico. Stay tuned for more updates from the road. Read all of Carmen's notes from her research trip.

The Tamayos dancing

Rufino Tamayo and his wife Olga. Photo: Archivo el Universal y Especial.

Today, we made our first visit to the Museo Tamayo, a contemporary art museum founded by Rufino Tamayo. We had the opportunity to look through the artist’s personal photographs that are housed in his archive at the museum. It was exciting to see pictures of Tamayo’s boat voyage to New York via Havana in the 1930s, and other images that documented his visit to Coney Island, both subjects that appear in his New York paintings. We also learned that he honeymooned with his wife, Olga Tamayo, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, located on the Pacific Coast of his home state of Oaxaca. Tehuantepec would be an ongoing source of inspiration for the artist.

View works of art by Tamayo in SAAM's collection.

Next stop: Oaxaca

Posted by Howard on April 14, 2016 in American Art Elsewhere, American Art Here, Curator's Travel Journal


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