The Pomona College Museum of Art has been awarded a $100,000 Getty Foundation grant to support the research and planning for the future exhibition project “Prometheus 1930/2017” under the Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
When José Clemente Orozco completed his Prometheus fresco at Pomona College in 1930, it was the first mural painted in the US by one of Los Tres Grandes of Mexican muralism. Jackson Pollock later declared the mural “the greatest contemporary painting in North America.”
“Prometheus 1930/2017,” scheduled to open in September of 2017, will position Mr. Orozco’s 1930 mural and its public mode of communication of social and political ideas within contemporary artistic practices and strategies in Mexico. The exhibition will travel to el Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City in 2018.
The 2014 grant to Pomona College is one of 40 grants—totaling $5 million—that will launch a series of concurrent exhibitions at museums throughout southern California starting in fall of 2017.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a joint initiative of the Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, supports research and planning for projects exploring Los Angeles’ vibrant artistic connections to Latin America.