The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
On the occasion of Frances Toor’s death, Diego Rivera, who was a friend and collaborator of Toor’s, dedicated an article in remembrance of the fundamental role that the American writer and editor played in the dissemination of Mexican art, in both Mexico and in the United States. In Rivera’s opinion, Toor’s thorough work facilitated a revitalization of Mexican cultural life, consolidating folk expression and persistently contributing to the global appreciation of the national artistic production. This was accomplished through such important works as her monograph on José Guadalupe Posada and the magazine Mexican Folkways, for which Diego Rivera served as art editor.
During the 1920s, American intellectuals, such as Carleton Beals, Alma Reed, Katherine Anne Porter, Anita Brenner and Frances Toor, were closely linked to the so-called “Mexican Art Renaissance.” In one manner or another, all believed that the artistic-revolutionary utopian movement had found fertile ground in Mexico, as opposed to the United States, that became more committed to capitalist development every day. The cultural exchange between both countries prospered during this era. It made projects such as Mexican Folkways (1925-1937), a cultural magazine edited by Frances Toor (1890-1956) that had the objective of making the traditions and art of the native peoples of Mexico possible and known in the United States. The publication was sponsored by the SEP [Ministry of Public Education], although not openly; the secretariat financed the magazine’s publication and Toor’s salary. This meant that the Mexican government established the direction of Mexican Folkways and its need to develop a solid economic and political relationship with the United States.