National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art Our mission is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through event
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The National Mexican Museum of Art is a vibrant and welcoming place where you can experience authentic Mexican art and culture outside of Mexico, and admission is always free. We showcase 3,000 years creativity through a cultural crossroad that connects Chicagoans and suburbanites to the diversity of Mexican people.

• Located in Chicago’s Pilsen community, we provide an authentic cultural experie

nce while following the highest standards of other local museums.

• Our curators and educators are experts in Mexican art and their passion for the museum inspires and enlightens visitors. We routinely lend many of our pieces to museums around the globe, because they value the caliber of our artwork.

• Over the years we have inspired, educated and empowered tens of thousands of children and youth through arts programs.

• We are accessible. Public transportation is available to get to our Museum, admission is always free, staff on hand to guide visitors, our art is displayed in a manner that lets the visitor feel connected to the exhibition

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Families with children are welcome to join us for a reading of “Con Mucho Amor” by Jenny Torres Sanchez on Saturday, Jan...
01/08/2024

Families with children are welcome to join us for a reading of “Con Mucho Amor” by Jenny Torres Sanchez on Saturday, January 20th at 11:30 am. Recommended for ages 4 - 8, this Spanish book speaks on family tradition and memory, which we will connect to Fidencio Duran’s “Barbed Heart (Corazon espinado)” currently on view in Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection exhibition. Participants will also take home their own art kit related to content discussed. Admission is free, but registration is required. Email [email protected] to register.

Get your Carlos Cortéz reprints before they’re gone! All proceeds raised from the print sales will support Yollocalli Ar...
01/07/2024

Get your Carlos Cortéz reprints before they’re gone! All proceeds raised from the print sales will support Yollocalli Arts Reach, NMMA's award-winning youth initiative located in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Purchase a print for a friend, a family member, a client or for your own wall! These numbered prints out of a series of 100 will come with a Certificate of Authenticity from NMMA. Buy a print today: https://national-museum-of-mexican-art.square.site/product/CarlosCortez/349?cs=true&cst=custom
Image: Instituto Gráfico de Chicago, Carlos Cortéz Reprint of "José Guadalupe Posada (1981)", carved by Carlos Barberena, 2023, linocut 2/100 on BFK Rives Paper, 24" x 18"

Join us on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for Studio Saturday and learn to make your own zines! During ...
01/06/2024

Join us on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for Studio Saturday and learn to make your own zines! During the program, children ages 7 -12 years old will explore our galleries, enjoying a guided visit to Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection. Together we’ll spend time observing multiple works of art, discussing their themes and content. Participants will have plenty of inspiration to create their own zines, adding their own unique narratives.

This event is free, but registration is required. Email [email protected] to register.

Round up your friends and join us for Chicas de Hoy on Saturday, January 13th! This fan-favorite is back with dazzling d...
01/06/2024

Round up your friends and join us for Chicas de Hoy on Saturday, January 13th! This fan-favorite is back with dazzling drag performances, Mexican pop classics, and dancing all night long. Get ready to sing your hearts out all night long! Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicas-de-hoy-tickets-783872081497

Mark your calendars for the National Museum of Mexican Art’s annual Gala de Arte on Friday, May 10th, 2024 at the Hyatt ...
01/05/2024

Mark your calendars for the National Museum of Mexican Art’s annual Gala de Arte on Friday, May 10th, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency. Benefitting the Museum, the Gala de Arte is always a dazzling night that ensures our city continues to boast the most significant Mexican art museum in the U.S., the only AAM accredited museum dedicated to Mexican Art. This year we are delighted to honor Carlos Tortolero with the Sandra Cisneros Award.

Individual tickets are available for purchase on our website. For sponsorship information, please contact Barbara Engelskirchen at [email protected].

Image: Marcos Raya (b. 1948, Irapuato, Guanajuato, México), Portrait of a Man Who Moves Objects (Retrato de un hombre que mueve objetos), 1997, acrylic on canvas / acrílico sobre lienzo, 56" x 54" x 4" (in artist's embellished frame / en marco decorado por artista), National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1997.39, Gift of the artist, photo credit: Michael Tropea

Start the new year with our new coloring book calendar! Visit our website to download it today and make it your own by c...
01/05/2024

Start the new year with our new coloring book calendar! Visit our website to download it today and make it your own by coloring in each scene. Featuring adorable hand drawn illustrations of festive family scenes and commemorative holidays that reflect Chicago and Mexican culture, the coloring book calendar was brought to life by NMMA’s talented Education Department. Whether you have a creative little one or you’re an adult looking for a colorful outlet, you’ll love changing the month all year long. Download the calendar here: https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/resources/coloring-book-calendar

January 1st marked the 30th anniversary of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation coordinating a 12-day uprising in C...
01/04/2024

January 1st marked the 30th anniversary of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation coordinating a 12-day uprising in Chiapas, México to protest the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the Zapatistas saw as a danger to Indigenous groups. The uprising persisted for 12 days until a ceasefire was called after violent encounters with the Mexican army. The movement received international attention and resulted in thousands of people protesting against the government’s repression against Chiapas.

Image description:
The image is a two-color linocut print on paper. A quetzal bird with a dragonfly in its mouth sits on a clothesline that runs horizontally across the lower third of the composition. A second clothesline runs parallel across the top third of the image. Three knitted face coverings, similar to those worn by Zapatistas, hang off the top line and two hang off the bottom. A large volcano fills the background with black smoke emitting from it. The sky is a pale red tone. “Ni Nos Vendemos," “Ni nos Rendimos,” “Aqui Seguimos!” is printed horizontally across the composition, where each phrase covers the top, middle, and bottom sections respectively.

Roger Peet, ¡Ni nos vendemos ni nos rendimos, aquí seguimos! (We neither sell out nor give up, we are still here!), 2012, linocut / grabado en linóleo, National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, Gift from the Gil Cárdenas Collection of Latino Art

Chicas de Hoy is back! Join us on Saturday, January 13th at 6:30 pm and dance the night away to retro classics like Flan...
01/03/2024

Chicas de Hoy is back! Join us on Saturday, January 13th at 6:30 pm and dance the night away to retro classics like Flans, Timbiriche, Jenni Rivera and other favorite artists of yesteryear! Plus, guests will enjoy dazzling drag performances by Chicago’s leading Mexican drag artists. This event has become a fan-favorite for all things retro 80's! Bring your friends, sing your hearts out, and dance along to your favorite Mexican pop classics. Buy tickets:

Join us for the return of Chicas de Hoy! This retro themed dance party includes performances by Chicago’s leading Mexican drag artists.

Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art and take a deep dive into Mexican art and culture! You’ll see interesting exhib...
01/02/2024

Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art and take a deep dive into Mexican art and culture! You’ll see interesting exhibitions like Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS in the Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery. Known as a local political activist, poet, illustrator, and muralist, Cortéz made countless works discussing human rights issues, often making works focused on labor rights, class-consciousness, and other social inequalities. Come see for yourself this weekend! https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/events/carlos-cortez-100-anos

Anonymous, Untitled (Sin título), 1980, gelatin silver print / impresión de gelatina a la plata, 9 1/16" x 6 1/16" (paper size), National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 2005.967, Gift from the Carlos Cortéz Estate

On behalf of everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy new year! W...
01/01/2024

On behalf of everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy new year! We look forward to exploring new corners of Mexican art and culture with you in 2024.

On behalf of everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we send our sincere gratitude for your support during this ...
12/31/2023

On behalf of everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we send our sincere gratitude for your support during this year. As 2023 comes to an end, we’re thrilled that we could share the best of Mexican art and culture with you. Best wishes and Happy New Year to you.

Please note our holiday schedule below: December 30th: Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pmDecember 31st: Open 10:00 am – 1:00 ...
12/30/2023

Please note our holiday schedule below:

December 30th: Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
December 31st: Open 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 1st: Closed

The National Museum of Mexican Art is a space where all people can come to celebrate, to reflect, to share stories, and ...
12/30/2023

The National Museum of Mexican Art is a space where all people can come to celebrate, to reflect, to share stories, and to remember their cultural heritage. People come because it is one of the few places where they will see themselves reflected on the walls and in the staff. People come because they know they belong. This is made possible thanks to generous donors like you. Join us in continuing to build a space where all are welcome, where we can all share stories and find community. Be a part of the Museum’s bright tomorrow by making a gift today. www.NationalMuseumOfMexicanArt.org/donate

Save the Date: Chicas de Hoy is back on Saturday, January 13th! Join us at the Museum and dance the night away to your f...
12/29/2023

Save the Date: Chicas de Hoy is back on Saturday, January 13th! Join us at the Museum and dance the night away to your favorite 80s artists like Flans, Timbiriche, Lucia Mendez, Locomia, and many more. Plus, drag performances will dazzle the night with their unique performances!

Today the museum is celebrating David Alfaro Siqueiros’ Birthday! His work often featured social and political subjects ...
12/29/2023

Today the museum is celebrating David Alfaro Siqueiros’ Birthday! His work often featured social and political subjects and is distinguished for his use of dynamic perspective, monumental forms, dramatic use of shadow, and a limited color palette. In addition to painting, Siqueiros was an avid political activist who spoke against oppressive systems unsympathetic towards the working class.

Image Description:
Five dark-brown skinned people are centered in the image with their arms outstretched horizontally across the composition. They are printed in a matte texture and with dark brown and red colors. One holds a book and another holds pencils and balls their fist. A group of protestors march in the background. This image is layered over a red globe with white latitude and longitude lines. White text reading “International Meeting of Mexico” and “Mexico, 18-21 November 1976” wrap around the globe. This is all set on a green background. The text at the top reads “Anti-Imperialist solidarity of youth in the struggle for their rights, for a new international economic order, for social progress, democracy and national independence”.

International Meeting of Mexico, published by World Federation of Democratic Youth with mural detail by David Alfaro Siqueiros (Encuentro Internacional de México, publicado por la Federación Mundial de la Juventud Democrática con detalle del mural de David Alfaro Siqueiros), 1976, offset poster / cartel offset, 22" x 15 3/4", National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1999.353, Gift of the Rogovin Family

Make an end-of-year gift to the National Museum of Mexican Art. NMMA relies on donors like you to show people the richne...
12/28/2023

Make an end-of-year gift to the National Museum of Mexican Art. NMMA relies on donors like you to show people the richness and beauty of Mexican art and culture. For 35+ years your support has helped NMMA visitors experience Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border from a first-voice perspective. All donations matter, at whatever the level. Give today: www.NationalMuseumOfMexicanArt.org/donate

Home for the holidays? Stop by and see our latest exhibition Salvador Jiménez: eagle, serpiente, nopalli in the Xicágo G...
12/27/2023

Home for the holidays? Stop by and see our latest exhibition Salvador Jiménez: eagle, serpiente, nopalli in the Xicágo Gallery. The Chicago-based artist parallels the ancient Aztec migration from Aztlán to Tenochtitlán (present-day Mexico City) with the current journey of immigration that so many make from Mexico to the U.S. Visit the Museum and experience his reflection on colonization, migration, cultural appropriation, nationalism, and survival as he moves ancient Mesoamerican ideas into his imagining of a post-colonial future.

Image: Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Pensamiento cósmico / Cosmic Thought, 2019, brass and rose gold plating, 15” x 7” x 10” Courtesy of the artist

Consider donating to NMMA this holiday season. Your support makes the Museum accessible to all, from families in Pilsen ...
12/26/2023

Consider donating to NMMA this holiday season. Your support makes the Museum accessible to all, from families in Pilsen and Little Village, to others who come from farther away to experience Mexican art and culture in the heart of the Midwest’s Mexican community. As a free museum, everyone is welcome, and admission fees are never a barrier. Make a gift today. All donations matter, at whatever the level. https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_c959778d-7105-11e9-9f3d-0aa640fb8062&WidgetId=80080896

Kick off 2024 with our coloring book calendar! Download it today and make it your own by coloring in each scene. Featuri...
12/26/2023

Kick off 2024 with our coloring book calendar! Download it today and make it your own by coloring in each scene. Featuring adorable hand drawn illustrations of festive family scenes and commemorative holidays that reflect Chicago and Mexican culture, the coloring book calendar was brought to life by NMMA’s talented Education Department. Whether you have a creative little one or you’re an adult looking for a colorful outlet, you’ll love changing the month all year long. Download the calendar here: https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/resources/coloring-book-calendar

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Las Posadas, or simply friends and family, on behalf of everyone at the Nationa...
12/25/2023

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Las Posadas, or simply friends and family, on behalf of everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday! With 2023 coming to an end, we offer you our sincere gratitude for making it another wonderful year filled with Mexican art and culture.

From everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we wish you and your family the best this holiday season!
12/24/2023

From everyone at the National Museum of Mexican Art, we wish you and your family the best this holiday season!

The holidays are a wonderful time to explore our galleries with friends or family. Please note our holiday schedule belo...
12/23/2023

The holidays are a wonderful time to explore our galleries with friends or family. Please note our holiday schedule below:

December 24th: Open 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 25th Closed
December 26th – 30th: Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
December 31st: Open 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 1st: Closed

The National Museum of Mexican Art is thrilled to share that our new digital guide is now available for free on Bloomber...
12/23/2023

The National Museum of Mexican Art is thrilled to share that our new digital guide is now available for free on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. The Bloomberg app provides an exciting new way to connect with NMMA. The guide features visual descriptions, supplemental videos, art highlights from our Permanent Collection, and more. Download the app ahead of your visit for the best exploration experience.

Bloomberg Connects is a free mobile app featuring guides to over 250 museums, galleries, sculpture parks, gardens, and cultural spaces in one easy to use app.

Art collectors rejoice! Three Carlos Cortéz reprints are now available for purchase in our online Gift Shop. All proceed...
12/22/2023

Art collectors rejoice! Three Carlos Cortéz reprints are now available for purchase in our online Gift Shop. All proceeds raised from the print sales will support Yollocalli Arts Reach, NMMA's award-winning youth initiative located in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Purchase a print for a friend, a family member, a client or for your own wall before they’re gone! These numbered prints out of a series of 100 will come with a Certificate of Authenticity from NMMA. Buy a print today: https://national-museum-of-mexican-art.square.site/product/CarlosCortez/349?cs=true&cst=custom

Stop by our gift shop for some unique holiday gifts! From challenging puzzles to gorgeous jewelry, there’s something for...
12/21/2023

Stop by our gift shop for some unique holiday gifts! From challenging puzzles to gorgeous jewelry, there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. If you’re not sure what to get for that special someone, we also have gift cards for those who would love to visit the Museum and shop for themselves at the gift shop! Pro Tip: admission to NMMA is free every day and parking is plentiful, so it’s easy to stop by just to visit our gift shop.

Today is Sandra Cisneros’ Birthday! Cisneros was born in Chicago to Mexican parents in the 1950s and raised in the Humbo...
12/20/2023

Today is Sandra Cisneros’ Birthday! Cisneros was born in Chicago to Mexican parents in the 1950s and raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. She is a writer, poet, and artist who writes about Chicana identity and working-class perspectives. She is best known for her first book, The House on Mango Street, and has also published several poetry books and novels since then. Cisneros has donated numerous works to the Museum’s Permanent Collection, including various textiles and writings. Happy Birthday Sandra!

Image Description: A pink and purple heart-shaped frame decorated with flowers is painted onto the center of a wood panel. Orange flowers encircle the frame with a green fan on top. Inside the frame, a woman with medium-light skin is depicted in profile view. She speaks to her pet parrot who is to the right of her, perched on a birdcage. Speech scrolls come out the parrot’s mouth towards the woman.

Ester Hernández (b. 1944, Dinuba, CA), Sandra and Agustina Lora (Sandra y Agustina Lora), 2020, mixed media on wood panel / técnica mixta sobre panel de madera, 40" x 30" National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 2020.216, Gift of Sandra Cisneros in honor of her brother Mario Cisneros, photo credit: Michael Tropea

As NMMA’s President and Founder Carlos Tortolero prepares to retire, he reflects on his tenure at the museum, sharing hi...
12/19/2023

As NMMA’s President and Founder Carlos Tortolero prepares to retire, he reflects on his tenure at the museum, sharing his thoughts on the future of arts and culture in the US and the need to protect our democracy. Tortolero states, “The arts world must seize every opportunity to remind everyone how critical it is that the U.S. preserves free speech and press. The arts world must educate and celebrate how creativity across all artistic mediums is a testimony to the importance and beauty of our freedoms.” Read his full Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-art-democracy-fighting-facism-20231215-gl3qkrcnmbbh5lwc6kxospfz5a-story.html

Today is International Migrants Day. In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 18th the Internati...
12/18/2023

Today is International Migrants Day. In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 18th the International Day of Migrants, which references the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in 1990. As a society built by migrants from around the world, we commend their struggles, and welcome them with open arms.

Image description: Three people stand in the center foreground holding a poster that reads, “Aquí Estamos y No Nos Vamos! Y Si Nos Hechán Nos Regresamos!” The background is dark orange and superimposed with images of protesters. Text at the top reads “Legalización Ahora!”

Image credit: ¡Legalización ahora! (Legalization Now!), designed by Favianna Rodríguez, published by Tumis (Diseñado por Favianna Rodríguez, publicado por Tumis), 2006, offset poster / cartel offset, 24" x 18", National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 2008.48, Gift of Favianna Rodríguez in memory of Aldo Bazalar

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