Although we are familiar with Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) and imagery of the Spanish Civil War, the propaganda of Francisco Franco’s regime is still largely unknown. Majestic portraits and posters of the dictator drew on Spanish baroque painting, modern photography, and contemporary advertising. Museums and exhibitions were staged as sites of ritual, spectacle, and national tourism, practices at times indebted to the arts of Fascist Italy under Benito Mussolini. This lecture considers the art and culture—and its context—of Franco’s Spain. The program will conclude with a reception.
Miriam M. Basilio is Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on visual and exhibition cultures, propaganda, and the history of exhibitions of Spanish and Latin American art. Her book Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions, and the Spanish Civil War was published by Ashgate Publishing in 2013. Basilio served as a curator for the exhibition MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (2003).
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The Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture series honors the wide-ranging career of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, and Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art, New York University, whose celebrated work included projects on Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and the depiction of dogs in art. This series is facilitated by the donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.