The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is requesting NEH support for the Cleveland showing of the exhibition, Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution. The exhibition is a joint curatorial effort of the CMA and the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico (INBA), holder of the world's most extensive and significant Rivera collections. After opening in Cleveland (February 14-May 2, 1999), the exhibition will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (May 30-August 16, 1999), the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) (September 12-November 28, 1999), and the National Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City (January 8-March 19, 2000). This major retrospective exhibition explores every phase of Rivera's career, from his contributions to the European avant-garde to his pioneering role in the international muralist movement. It features 146 works, including murals that have never traveled outside of Mexico. New perspectives on the artist and his times will be presented in a fully-illustrated catalogue, written by an international team of art historians and humanities scholars. The exhibition and catalogue represent a significant collaborative effort between U.S. and Mexican scholars to examine vital aspects of their shared cultural, political, and social histories.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full host of educational and public programs, including a scholarly symposium open to the public, family programs, in-school artist residencies and school tour program, collaborative city-wide festivals and community arts events, films, lectures, an interactive website, and bilingual gallery tours and audio gallery guide. This unprecedented display of Rivera's art is the second, reciprocal half of a cultural exchange between the State of Ohio and the government of Mexico. The CMA, LACMA, and DMA will collaborate on key pieces of the public and interpretive programs. More than 130,000 visitors and students are expected to attend in Cleveland, and more than 600,000 at the combined venues.
The CMA is requesting a grant award in the amount of $200,000 from the NEH to support this magnificent display of Rivera's art now seen in the context of new research and scholarship. NEH funds will be used for installation of the exhibition in Cleveland, development and implementation of public and educational programs, and a comprehensive marketing plan and a varied audience outreach program.