By Alma M. Reed
Alma Reed arrived within the Yucat?n for the 1st time in 1923, on project for the hot York instances Sunday journal to hide an archaeological survey of Mayan ruins. It was once a modern Maya, although, who stole her center. Felipe Carrillo Puerto, acknowledged to be descended from Mayan kings, had lately been elected governor of the Yucat?n on a platform emphasizing egalitarian reforms and indigenous rights. The entrenched aristocracy used to be enraged; Reed used to be infatuated--as used to be Carrillo Puerto. He and Reed have been engaged inside of months. but under a yr later--only 11 days ahead of their meant wedding--Carrillo Puerto was once assassinated. He had earned his position within the heritage books, yet Reed had received a spot within the hearts of Mexicans: the bolero "La Peregrina" is still one of many Yucat?n's most renowned ballads. Alma Reed recovered from her tragic romance to guide an extended, winning lifestyles. She finally lower back to Mexico, the place her paintings in journalism, archaeology, and artwork earned her access into the Orden del Aguila Azteca (Order of the Aztec Eagle). Her time with Carrillo Puerto, besides the fact that, used to be the main excessive of her lifestyles, and while she was once inspired (by Hollywood, specially) to jot down her autobiography, she all started with that distinctive interval. Her manuscript, which disappeared instantly after her unexpected dying in 1966, mingled her mythical love affair with a biography of Carrillo Puerto and the political background of the Yucat?n. As such, it has lengthy been sought through students in addition to romantics. In 2001, historian Michael Schuessler chanced on the manuscript in an deserted condo in Mexico urban. a fully compelling memoir, Peregrina restores Reed's position in Mexican heritage in her personal phrases.
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Exhibition in that fabled Greenwich Village apartment in September 1928, and some sixty guests attended the opening. A testimony of Reed’s keen desire to promote the Mexican artist is to be found in a letter she sent to Orozco, dated September 26 of that year, which he transcribed in a letter to his wife, Margarita. In it Reed informs him of several developments and potential opportunities that had come about as a result of this ﬁrst solo exhibition: The interest in your exhibit grows. Yesterday we had several very important people here, some of whom are returning today with the owners of galleries and with wealthy prospective purchasers.
At the same time it will be recalled that, beginning with her ‘‘soul mate,’’ Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Reed consistently supported socialist governments but, at least on the surface, would always identify herself as a Democrat, having been—according to the organization’s cofounder, newspaper reporter Joe Nash—a charter member of Democrats Abroad, established in Mexico City in 1942. 38 Michael K. Schuessler Personalized Christmas card with a portrait of Reed at an unidentiﬁed pre-Hispanic archaeological site, addressed to Richard Posner.
There will be interesting developments, I am sure, in regard to your work very soon, for so many inﬂuential friends are deeply interested now. We are working towards obtaining a ‘‘pretty wall’’ for you at the ‘‘Architectural Exhibit’’ in January. There will be some heads of galleries here today, including Marie Sterner. 23 The success of his ﬁrst show led to a two-week exhibition of his Mexico in Revolution series, curated by the upscale Marie Sterner Gallery. The show opened on October 10, 1928, and, according to Orozco, Reed herself paid for the framing of his canvases as well as the printing and mailing of exhibition catalogs.