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Stridentism (Spanish: Estridentismo) was an artistic and multidisciplinary avant-garde movement, founded in Mexico City by Manuel Maples Arce at the end of 1921 but formally developed in Xalapa where all the founders moved after the University of Veracruz granted its support for the movement. Stridentism shares some characteristics with Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism and Ultraism, but it developed a specific social dimension, taken from Mexican Revolution, and a concern for action and its own present. Stridentists were part of the political avant-garde, faced to the "elitist" modernism of Los Contemporáneos.


1921: Mexico City, December 31, Manuel Maples Arce gives the first manifesto out.

1923: Maples Arce and List Arzubide give out the second manifesto, in the city of Puebla.

1924: First Stridentist Expo, at the "Café de nadie", in Mexico City.

1925: The group moves from Mexico City to Xalapa (recreated in their works as "Estridentópolis"). Third manifesto in the city of Zacatecas.

1926: Fourth and last manifesto in Ciudad Victoria.

1927: The group separates, for political reasons.

1929-1930: A group of stridentists meeted on Paris and participed on the group Cercle Et Carre.

1930: Leopoldo Méndez and German List Arzubide traveled to the United States.

1932: Germán Cueto and Arqueles Vela returned to Mexico City from Paris


Poets: Manuel Maples Arce, Germán List Arzubide, Salvador Gallardo.

Writers/Journalists: Arqueles Vela, Carlos Noriega Hope.

Visual artists: Ramón Alva de la Canal, Leopoldo Méndez, Fermín Revueltas, Lola Cueto.

Multidisciplinary artists: Germán Cueto, Luis Quintanilla, Jean Charlot, Gaston Dinner.

Musicians: Silvestre Revueltas, Ángel Salas.

Photographers: Edward Weston, Tina Modotti.


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  • Hadatty Mora, Yanna. La ciudad paroxista. Prosa mexicana de vanguardia (1921–1932), México: UNAM, 2009. ISBN 978-607-20-0360-6
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  • Flores, Tatiana. Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30!, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-300-18448-8
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