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The Mexican Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Fundación Televisa (Mexico), and the Consulate General of México / Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores presented the traveling outdoors exhibit “Imágenes de un Siglo” by Manuel Álvarez Bravo. This exhibit was presented as a tribute to the artist who passed away recently at the age of 100 years. The exhibit was on display at the Upper Terrace level in Yerba Buena Gardens, the same district where The Mexican Museum will build its permanent home. San Francisco is the first US West Coast venue of this traveling exhibit. Carlos Monsivais, Mexican intellectual, on the centenary of the artist wrote: “Manuel Álvarez Bravo (born on February 4th 1902), an admirer of Edward Weston, friend of Tina Modotti, friend of Paul Strand and Cartier-Bresson, and a participator in the brilliant period of cultural nationalism (in Mexico), is an essential figure in the history of 20th century photography.” The process for selecting the works included in Imágenes de un Siglo reflects the project’s goal of community involvement. As requested by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, the twenty images included in the exhibition were selected with input from a survey of 1,000 people from throughout Mexico. The survey invited people to choose their favorite images from 100 photographs that Alvarez Bravo selected to represent his work.


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Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Imagenes de un Siglo