From: University of Michigan - Museum of Art
5/14/2016 - 10/23/2016
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Manuel Alvarez Bravo spent nearly his entire career photographing his native Mexico.
Although not strictly Surrealist, many of Alvarez Bravo's works manifest a similarly fantastical mood; one of the artist's most arresting qualities is his ability to imbue scenes of everyday life with an otherworldly, metaphysical power. The twenty-three photographs in the exhibition, drawn from UMMA's collections, show the artist's ability to synthesize a personaleven nationalisticstyle that merged the motifs of Mexican religious and indigenous works and plant forms (such as agave leaves) with a Modernist approach to image making. Throughout, the presence of light as a wondrous metaphor and revealer of life animates even the emptiest and most silent of Alvarez Bravo's scenes.