Open Doors, Mexico City

Object Details

Title:

Open Doors, Mexico City

Artist/Maker(s):

Tina Modotti (American, born Italy, 1896 - 1942)

Culture:

American

Date:

1925

Medium:

Palladium print

Dimensions:

24.1 x 13.7 cm (9 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

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" . . . the emptiness of the house is terrible . . . I had the illusion that you had just gone to town and would be back in a little while–only for moments the truth flashed through my mind and then the pain and loneliness almost choked me . . ."

Tina Modotti revealed these feelings to her former lover, Edward Weston, after his permanent departure from their home. The statement, like her portrait, No. 3, makes clear her sense of abandonment. This series of open doors inside the Mexico City flat they had shared creates a study of surfaces, spatial depth, grids, and angles. Devoid of any personal effects, the portrait appears empty, surely reflecting Modotti's mood at the time.

Exhibitions
Tina Modotti: Photographs (September 16, 1995 to June 2, 1996)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), September 16 to November 26, 1995, (Cat.)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, December 17, 1995 to February 25, 1996, (Cat.)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (San Francisco), March 28 to June 2, 1996, (Cat.)
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002, (Cat.)
  • Museo Nacional de Arte, (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002, (Cat.)
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003, (Cat.)
Tina Modotti and Edward Weston: The Mexico Years (April 29 to August 1, 2004)
  • Barbican Art Gallery, (London), April 29 to August 1, 2004, (Cat.)
Tina Modotti and Edward Weston in Mexico (September 2, 2006 to January 2, 2007)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (San Francisco), September 2, 2006 to January 2, 2007, (Cat.)
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision (July 31 to November 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to November 25, 2007, (Cat.)
Bibliography

Tejada, Roberto & Gee Conway, Mikka. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum) fig. 2.