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Smithsonian American Art Museum - Smithsonian Institution (Chinatown)
Eighth and F streets NW
Washington, DC 20560

Housed in the Old Patent Office Building, the museum celebrates the work of American Artists.
(202) 633-1000


Daily, 11:30 am - 7:00 pm; through March 18




Tamayo: The New York Years

Tamayo: The New York Years

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Rufino Tamayo’s lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899–1991) was drawn to New York City in the early twentieth century at a time when unparalleled transatlantic and hemispheric cross-cultural exchange was taking place. Tamayo: The New York Years is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world. It reveals how a Mexican artist forged a new path in the modern art of the Americas and contributed to New York’s dynamic cultural scene as the city was becoming a center of postwar art.

The exhibition brings together forty-one of Tamayo’s finest artworks, including key loans from public and private collections in Mexico. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development—from his urban-themed paintings depicting the modern sights of the city to the dream-like canvases that show an artist eager to propel Mexican art in new directions.