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Muralism and the People: Culture, Popular Citizenship, and Government in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

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Abstract:

This paper examines the history of Mexican muralism within the governmental development of a national cultural infrastructure after the Revolution of 1910. Treating mural art as a technical apparatus of popular communication, the paper argues for a more complex understanding of cultural communication through analysis of the institutional apparatuses of heritage as discursive sites of popular citizenship. In addition, this paper theorizes and historicizes Mexican state formation through the insights of Michel Foucault's essay on \ldblquote Governmentality\rdblquote for the purpose of providing a more nuanced theory of the relationship between culture, power, and the people

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Program in Museum Studies New York University

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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