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Neo-Mexicanism and NAFTA : exhibiting national identity

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Neo-Mexicanism and NAFTA : exhibiting national identity

Secco, Maria Noel (2010) Neo-Mexicanism and NAFTA : exhibiting national identity. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines the staging of a number of exhibitions of Mexican art in the United States during the years leading to the consolidation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States and Canada. It focuses on the emergence and development during the 1980s of a group of painters denominated Neo-Mexicanists and their appropriation of recognized symbols of mexicanidad or 'mexicanness'. Mexican cultural institutions favored these artists to present a desired image of the country for a North American audience. Drawing from the work of scholars Roger Bartra and Néstor García Canclini regarding the construction of the Mexican character and the relation between popular culture and political power, this thesis considers the role of Neo-Mexicanists in the representation of contemporary Mexican national identity.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Secco, Maria Noel
Pagination:viii, 104 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sloan, Johanne
ID Code:979251
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 17:55
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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