While the Chicago Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th St., Chicago IL) doesn’t get as much mainstream attention as the Museum of Modern Art for example, it certainly offers just as many culture and art to see.
The center shows over 3,000 pieces of art work from both sides of the border, with a concentration in representing the diversity of Mexican culture. Pieces from the National Museum of Mexican Art are often lent to museums around the world because of the quality of the collection. The best part is that admission to the Museum is free.
Curators are experts in Mexican art. There are also educational programs available for kids of all ages, as well as after school classes, summer camps and teen mentorships.
The Museum was founded in 1982 when Carlos Tortolero organized a group of educators to launch the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in 1987. The goal was to establish an arts and cultural organization that provided a positive influence for the local Mexican community.
Over the years, the Museum has grown beyond reproach and expanded to a 48,000 square-foot-facility in 2001 and changed its name to the National Museum of Mexican Art in 2006.
Today, the NMMA is known as one of the foremost first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture. It is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Twenty of its exhibitions have traveled across the United States and six have traveled to Mexico including Presence in Mexico (2006), and Frida’s Contemporaries:Women Artists of Modern Mexico (2007).
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“In the work of Sergio Gomez, a door is suggested merely by its absence… The series of paintings act like modern windows and doors into the depths of the Spirit where death never has the last word and the sacred beckons.”
For more information about the Museum of Mexican Art, check out MuseumOfMexicanArt.org