Dwight and Elizabeth Morrow collected a colourful array of handmade ceramic pots, lacquerware trays, and striking textiles while at Casa Manana, their Spanish-colonial style retreat in Cuernavaca, when he served as US ambassador to Mexico in the late 1920s. One hundred and fifty-five pieces of the Morrow Collection, including rare historical examples of ceramics and lacquerware, were given to the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in 1955. The five interpretive essays (presented in both English and Spanish) in this well-illustrated book place the Morrows' collecting activity in Mexico into historical context, explore the use of art and culture in diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, and consider their support for such key modern artists as Diego Rivera.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 1126 g
Dimensions: 260 x 210 x 24 mm
"The book is a must for students of Mexico and Mexican art. It does more of a job of putting the art in context than other similar books. It reminds the reader that there was a fluid political and social climate that influenced everything that went on in Mexico."
"For fellow admirers of Mexican art this book is a great catalog to browse through."
"This is an interesting book on popular art that also opens a window on the history of US/Mexican relations in the early twentieth century."
"Anyone interested in post-revolutionary Mexican folk art and its intersection with Mexico's powerful northern neighbor would do well to look at this handsome and highly intelligent work."