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  • ICAA Record ID
    798291
    AUTHOR
    Carballo, Emmanuel
    TITLE
    Vasconcelos: Voz clamante en el desierto / por Emmanuel Carballo
    IN
    México en la Cultura : suplemento cultural de Novedades (México, D. F., México). -- Ene. 4, 1959
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 1, 5
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Carballo, Emmanuel. "Vasconcelos: Voz clamante en el desierto." México en la cultura: Suplemento cultural de Novedades (Mexico City), January 4, 1959.
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Synopsis

This is an article directed to José Vasconcelos, the ex-minister of Public Education during the Obregón administration (1920–24) and a patron of the Muralist movement from inception in 1921. In the article, the author questions him on his ideological shift and "accuses him of defending ignoble causes, of supporting reactionary interests, in sum that he has abandoned the ideals of the Revolution." Vasconcelos defended himself against such accusations by citing his first actions during the struggle of 1910: his affiliation with President Madero; later, stating the failure of the Revolution: "men in power have defrauded, have betrayed it."

 

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Annotations

The actions that ex-minister José Vasconcelos (1882-1959) took after his resignation from the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) at the midpoint of 1924 are legendary. In contrast to his position when he was head of the SEP, Vasconcelos later became a fervent Catholic. He appeals to the gospels when describing his actions at SEP, which he fully disavows (including the art movement he helped found: Muralism.) In his judgment, his actions were as “dangerous as throwing pearls into a dung heap.” In another section of the text, Carballo questions Vasconcelos in the interview on his supposedly luxurious lifestyle; Vasconcelos denies that is the case. However, despite the excuses that the intellectual Vasconcelos offered at that moment, his statements in favor of Hitler’s cause during World War II and his eccentricities were undeniably widespread and well known publicly.

Researcher
Diana Briuolo: CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional