Men of Fire: Jose Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock

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In 1936, Jackson Pollock traveled to Dartmouth College to view José Clemente Orozco’s mural The Epic of American Civilization, which had been unveiled in Baker Library two years earlier. The deep impact that the imagery of these frescoes had on the young artist is demonstrated by the drawings and oil paintings that Pollock made after this visit. In these works Pollock explored myth, ritual, and the creative and destructive power of fire in ways directly inspired by Orozco’s art. The essays in this volume will ...
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Overview

In 1936, Jackson Pollock traveled to Dartmouth College to view José Clemente Orozco’s mural The Epic of American Civilization, which had been unveiled in Baker Library two years earlier. The deep impact that the imagery of these frescoes had on the young artist is demonstrated by the drawings and oil paintings that Pollock made after this visit. In these works Pollock explored myth, ritual, and the creative and destructive power of fire in ways directly inspired by Orozco’s art. The essays in this volume will examine the importance that Orozco’s work had for Pollock during this pivotal moment in his career and bring together for the first time the work of two of the most famous artists of the twentieth century.
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The Hood's Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock, organized by Sarah Powers of the Hood with Pollock expert Helen Harrison, reveals that many of the pictorial strategies employed by Pollock in his celebrated monumental canvases of the late 1940s to early 1950s can be traced to his intensely charged easel-size paintings from the brief period, 1938-41, when this quintessentially American artist was haunted by Orozco's macabre visions of skeletons and ritual sacrifice.” —Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944722428
  • Publisher: Hood Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY K. COFFEY is associate professor of art history, Dartmouth College. SHARON LORENZO is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. LISA MINTZ MESSINGER is associate curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. STEPHEN POLCARI is professor of art history, Chapman University.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments — Michael R. Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of art
Foreword — Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Introduction — Sarah G. Powers, Guest Curator, Hood Museum of Art
MEN OF FIRE
Orozco and Pollock: Epic Transfigurations — Stephen Polcari
An “AMERICAN Idea”: Myth, Indigeneity, and Violence in the Work of Orozco and Pollock — Mary K. Coffey
Pollock Studies the Mexican Muralists —Lisa Mintz Messinger
THE OROZCO MURAL AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
The Mural
“The Walls of My Dreams”: The commissioning of José Clemente Orozco’s Mural The Epic of American Civilization at Dartmouth College — Sharon Lorenzo
The Preparatory Drawings
Selected Bibliography
Checklist of the Exhibition
Photo Credits
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