By Beth U

My review of Mary Coffey’s excellent book on revolutionary art in Mexico has been published in Visual Studies.

Mary Coffey’s book is an evaluation of how, despite its assumed commitment to popular
struggle, Mexican muralism became ‘official’ and in doing so helped to legitimize an
authoritarian state. In three bulky chapters, Coffey examines murals in state funded and
managed public museums: the Palace of Fine Arts, the National History Museum, and the
National Anthropology Museum. Coffey links public art to the violence of the state
project beginning in the mid-1930s, when muralists were first commissioned to create
murals for the Palace of Fine Arts, and culminating with the opening of the National
Anthropology Museum and the state massacre of student activists at Tlatelolco in 1968.

Read the rest of the review here.