Mexico Then: The Casasola Archive

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Agustín Casasola (1874–1928) was a photojournalist in Mexico City who captured the historic events as Mexico moved from a dictatorship to democracy. His images of the Mexican Revolution and its heroes are among Mexico’s most iconic images. They, along with the murals of great painters like Diego Rivera and the folkloric dances of Amalia Hernández, helped Mexico create a modern, post-revolutionary identity that embraced its indigenous cultures and promoted values of education and justice. Mexico's legendary Casasola Archive is housed in Hidalgo, Mexico and includes more than 500,000 photos.

Mexico Then: The Casasola Archive is an exhibit about the Mexican Revolution as seen through the camera lens of Agustín Casasola and other photographers working for his photo agency. The exhibit consists of six panels that tell about the Mexican Revolution, in English and Spanish, and 20 framed digital images from the Casasola Archive.

Artes de México en Utah created this exhibit with a grant from the Utah Arts Council following the close of an exhibit of original photographs from the Casasola Archive in 2012, which came to Utah thanks to our partnership with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. The educational curriculum that accompanies the exhibit was developed thanks to a grant from the Utah Humanities Council.

Photo Credit: Archivo Casasola, "Nov 26 Zapatistas portando el estandarte de la Virgen de Gpe 1914"

Location: Day-Riverside Branch

Contact Information: 801-594-8632