"Pomona’s Prometheus Will Be Part of Getty Initiative Exploring Artistic Ties Between L.A. and Latin America"
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 U.S. by one of Los Tres Grandes of Mexican muralism, which also included Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. Jackson Pollock later declared the mural “the greatest contemporary painting in North America.”
“Prometheus 1930/2017” (working title), scheduled to open in September of 2017, will position 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.