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Spring Exhibition Openings

March 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The National Museum of Mexican Art cordially invites you to join us for the opening reception of our new spring exhibitions.

Our featured exhibition in the Main Gallery is Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection, a comprehensive survey of the contributions of artists of Mexican descent from post-1960 American printmaking. Organized by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, the exhibition chronicles the late 1960s at the outset of the Chicano Movement to the confident expressions of the 2000s. More than 60 prints by 44 artists reveal the richness of their bicultural heritage in the U.S.

The Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery will host Contemplations: Dan Ramirez Works from the Permanent Collection featuring, Dan Ramirez (b. 1941, Chicago). This exhibition explores the unknown, the spiritual and the beautiful in an intellectual, philosophical and poetic manner. The Minimalist Movement and Geometric Abstraction were his points of departure. The works of art in this exhibition were created in a thirty – year period and are part of the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Maria Gaspar (b.1980 Chicago) explores the Museum’s Permanent Collection in dialogue with ephemera from her own personal surroundings in Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter. By reproducing, manipulating and preserving artifactual materials from history to promotional mementos and images, Gaspar attempts to reimagine new and complex realities for a contemporary cultural identity. The installation serves as a temporal frame that brings into question the role of static historical narratives within the abstract, using this platform as a space to create multiple meanings and imaginaries.

In addition to the exciting exhibitions above, we are also delighted to announce the inauguration of our new 1363 square foot gallery this spring! The Galería Gilberto & Dolores Cárdenas Gallery will be unveiled as part of the exhibition, Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection.

Finally, Traveling Minds a site-specific installation by Victoria Martinez will be located in the Museum’s East Lot. Co-Sponsored by Urban Gateways through the Julie Reynolds Shaw Memorial Fund, the large-scale, fiber installation consists of a wooden structure, tarp, and parachute fabric that will be sewn, painted, and woven at Benito Juarez High School by students and Victoria Martinez (b. 1987). Martinez has a long standing relationship with National Museum of Mexican Art, having grown up in the Pilsen community, where her artistic career first found its footing. Her vast experiences which include teaching classes for Yollocalli Arts Reach, and Urban Gateways, exhibiting, and participating in artist talks, makes the Museum the perfect spot for her Traveling Minds program to lay down its roots.


March 25, 2016
6:00 pm


National Museum of Mexican Art


National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St
Chicago, IL 60608 United States

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