An Evening with Graciela Iturbide // SF

In conversation with Enrique Chagoya

Thursday, Sep 26 at: 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415.292.1200


Throughout her long and varied career, photographer Graciela Iturbide has focused on capturing and understanding the beauty, rituals, challenges and contradictions of her native Mexico.

Her photographs tell a visual story of Mexico since the late 1970s – a country in constant transition, defined by the coexistence of the historical and modern, and its rich amalgamation of cultures.

For Iturbide, photography is a way of life and a way of revealing Mexico’s complexities through her personal explorations. Join us for this special evening with one of the most influential photographers active in Latin America as she reflects on her career and how she makes visible what, to many, is invisible.



Born in Mexico City, Graciela Iturbide studied filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos between 1969 and 1972, and worked as an assistant to photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who stimulated her interest in photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson, who she met while traveling in Europe, became a significant influence, as did Alvarez Bravo and Tina Modotti. In 1978, Iturbide became one of the founding members of the Mexican Council of Photography. A major exhibition of her work, External Encounters, Internal Imaginings: Photographs of Graciela Iturbide, was presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, retrospectives of her work have been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Mexico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Melding roles of artist and cultural historian, Enrique Chagoya creates alternative interpretations of current events. His works present records of recent and ancient history, or double exposures of political icons with Disney icons. Chagoya is currently Professor of Art at Stanford University. His work has been shown internationally and is represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.