Exhibition of Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Mexico's Poet of Light

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From: University of Michigan - Museum of Art

5/14/2016 - 10/23/2016

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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.

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