National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art Our mission is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in Mexican culture.
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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 experience 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!

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We’ve added a new online puzzle to our website and just in time for Day of the Dead! Try your hand at Catrina Reyna José...
10/26/2020

We’ve added a new online puzzle to our website and just in time for Day of the Dead! Try your hand at Catrina Reyna José Alfonso Soteno Fernández and Juan José Soteno Elias, which is part of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead. Visit our website for more puzzles and plenty of at-home activities or check out our online store and shop for a variety of beautiful puzzles. https://bit.ly/NMMAatHome Have you tried our online activities? Tell us which one has been your favorite in the comments! #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos #AtHomeWithNMMA

The 2020 Day of the Dead: Love Never Dies Ball may be virtual this year, but it still promises to be a jam-packed celebr...
10/25/2020

The 2020 Day of the Dead: Love Never Dies Ball may be virtual this year, but it still promises to be a jam-packed celebration of life! Enjoy a cumbia dance lesson, a face painting demo, cocktail-making lessons and more from the safety of your home. We’re offering three ticket levels and there’s something for everyone! Check out the details here and buy your tickets before they sell out: https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/DayoftheDeadBall #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

A special thanks to our sponsors: McDonald's and ASI NE Healthcare Services and Event Partners: Antique Taco, Carnitas Uruapan, Mi Tocaya Antojería, Tzuco, and Vida_Mia_Cocktails.

A new season of Wattz Up is here! Listen in as Yollocalli Arts Reach youth discuss community issues, pop culture, and th...
10/24/2020

A new season of Wattz Up is here! Listen in as Yollocalli Arts Reach youth discuss community issues, pop culture, and the latest trends, all from a teen’s point of view. Tune in on Saturdays at noon on 105.5 FM or lumpenradio.com. #NMMArt #MuseumFromHome #YouthArt #YouthVoices

2019 James Beard Awarded Chefs Carlos Gaytan and Diana Davila will present culinary inspiration during our virtual Day o...
10/24/2020

2019 James Beard Awarded Chefs Carlos Gaytan and Diana Davila will present culinary inspiration during our virtual Day of the Dead Ball, but you can enjoy their artful cuisine in person at a special Día de los Muertos dinner on November 1st or 2nd at Tzuco. Enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner inspired by this beautiful Mexican holiday. Get in on the delicious experience and reserve your spot on Resy. https://resy.com/cities/chi/tzuco

Thank you for your kind messages of congratulations! The National Museum of Mexican Art is honored to be recognized by t...
10/23/2020

Thank you for your kind messages of congratulations! The National Museum of Mexican Art is honored to be recognized by the Ford Foundation as part of the America’s Cultural Treasure initiative. #NMMArt #MexicanArt

Acompáñanos este fin de semana y disfruta de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de Muertos. Un guía del museo n...
10/22/2020

Acompáñanos este fin de semana y disfruta de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de Muertos. Un guía del museo nos llevará a la galería y discutirá las obras de arte destacadas de la exposición de este año. ¡Etiqueta a un amigo en los comentarios para que puedan disfrutarlo juntos! Vea los horarios de los recorridos y regístrese aquí: https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

Día de Muertos is almost here and our next NMMA en Casa Virtual Workshop will help you get ready to celebrate at home. J...
10/21/2020

Día de Muertos is almost here and our next NMMA en Casa Virtual Workshop will help you get ready to celebrate at home. Join us for another premier Saturday, October 24th. This week you’ll learn how to paint your face like a sugar skull and get tips and tricks on how to transform yourself into a calavera! Registration is optional. Sign up here and we’ll send you a reminder email along with the list of materials: https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/events/nmma-en-casa-virtual-series-0 #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

The Day of the Dead: Love Never Dies Ball is going virtual this year! Join us on Saturday, November 7th for musical perf...
10/21/2020
National Museum of Mexican Art

The Day of the Dead: Love Never Dies Ball is going virtual this year! Join us on Saturday, November 7th for musical performances by Los Gallos and Mariachi Nuevo Tapatio, cocktail and chef demos, dance lessons and more. We have three ticket levels, but we think the Calavera level is the best deal because it includes a beautiful print, a pair of Day of the Dead old-fashioned glasses and more! Don’t miss out on an evening of fun and get your ticket today. https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/DayoftheDeadBall #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

A special thanks to our sponsors: McDonald's and ASI NE Healthcare Services

The Musem’s gift shop - Tienda Tzintzuntzán - Place of the Hummingbird is described by some visitors as an exhibition unto itself.

Our FREE virtual tours of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead continue every weekend and are a great way to see the exhib...
10/20/2020

Our FREE virtual tours of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead continue every weekend and are a great way to see the exhibit while we’re temporarily closed. English tours are at 12:00 pm and Spanish tours are at 1:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss it, register for a tour today! https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

Get creative with us! Our next NMMA en Casa Virtual Workshop is on Saturday, October 24th and this week you’ll learn how...
10/19/2020

Get creative with us! Our next NMMA en Casa Virtual Workshop is on Saturday, October 24th and this week you’ll learn how to paint your face for Día de Muertos. Get tips and tricks from our Museum educators on how to transform yourself into a calavera! Registration is optional. Sign up here and we’ll send you a reminder email along with the list of materials: https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/events/nmma-en-casa-virtual-series-0 #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

Parents, are you spending more time teaching your children at home because of remote learning? NMMA has some great onlin...
10/18/2020

Parents, are you spending more time teaching your children at home because of remote learning? NMMA has some great online tools just for you! Along with art activities, you’ll find lesson plans that are based on our Permanent Collection that will help students link art with real life narratives. Your children will enjoy learning how to personally connect to artists and their work. Find the lesson plans here: https://bit.ly/NMMAatHome #NMMArt NMMAEdu #MuseumFromHome #MexicanArt
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Image credit: Victoria Delgadillo (b.1951), Laura Berenice, 2003, acrylic on canvas and mercado bag, 33 5/8" x 25 7/8" x 2", National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 2004.125, Purchase made possible by Marcia E. Lazar and Alan O. Amos.

We’ve added a new online puzzle to our website! Try your hand at Idling with My Idle Idol by Errol Ortiz, or dive into o...
10/17/2020

We’ve added a new online puzzle to our website! Try your hand at Idling with My Idle Idol by Errol Ortiz, or dive into our other challenging puzzles. Visit our website for more puzzles and plenty of at-home activities or check out our online store and shop for a variety of beautiful puzzles. https://bit.ly/NMMAatHome Have you tried our online activities? Tell us which one has been your favorite in the comments! #NMMArt #MexicanArt #MuseumFromHome

The Dֵía de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball is going virtual this year and there’s plenty of entertainment to be had f...
10/16/2020

The Dֵía de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball is going virtual this year and there’s plenty of entertainment to be had from the safety of your home. We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Diana Davila of Mi Tocaya Antojeria and Chef Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco, both will lead guests in a cooking demo. The evening also includes live music, cocktail-making, dance lessons, and more! Funds raised from the Ball enable us to offer free admission when we re-open and also support the Museum’s education programs. Buy your ticket today and get in on the fun! https://givebutter.com/lvdMRL Tell us in the comments what you’re most looking forward to! #NMMArt #DiaDeMuertos #DayOfTheDead

10/16/2020
Listo para Leer: The Festival of Bones ft Byron Sigcho Lopez

Enjoy a good book with your little ones this morning! This week’s Listo para leer book is The Festival of Bones by Luis San Vicente and is read by Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez 25th Ward Office. This book guides the dead home to join their loved ones for a beautiful celebration. Luis San Vicente signature collages incorporate the traditional Day of the Dead symbols and bright, bold colors to evoke the joyful atmosphere of this vibrant holiday.

10/16/2020

Enjoy a good book with your little ones this morning! This week’s Listo para leer book is The Festival of Bones by Luis San Vicente and is read by Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez 25th Ward Office. This book guides the dead home to join their loved ones for a beautiful celebration. Luis San Vicente signature collages incorporate the traditional Day of the Dead symbols and bright, bold colors to evoke the joyful atmosphere of this vibrant holiday.

Our FREE virtual tours of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead continue every weekend and are a great way to see the exhib...
10/15/2020
Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead | National Museum of Mexican Art

Our FREE virtual tours of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead continue every weekend and are a great way to see the exhibit while we’re temporarily closed. English tours are at 12:00 pm and Spanish tours are at 1:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss it, register for a tour today! https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui #NMMArt #MexicanArt #DayOfTheDead #DiaDeMuertos

Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the DeadTaking place virtually this yearFriday, September 18 through December 13, 2020Click here for virtual tour details.Download the digital brochure here.

The National Museum of Mexican Art is proud to announce it will be recognized by the Ford Foundation as part of the Amer...
10/14/2020
For being a ‘cultural treasure,’ National Museum of Mexican Art wins $3.5 million grant

The National Museum of Mexican Art is proud to announce it will be recognized by the Ford Foundation as part of the America’s Cultural Treasure initiative, and will receive a $3.5 million four-year grant, the largest in the Museum’s 33-year history. This initiative is designed to challenge conventional concepts of what constitutes our country’s “cultural treasures,” and draws attention to the array of outstanding arts institutions based in the cultural traditions of communities of color. NMMA President & Founder, Carlos Tortolero said, “Our thanks to the Ford Foundation for their recognition of the National Museum of Mexican Art as an anchor for artistic and cultural equity in Chicago and the U.S.”

Ford Foundation grant program aims to help institutions serving communities of color survive the pandemic

Acompáñanos mañana a las 7:00 pm y disfruta de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de Muertos. Un guía del museo...
10/14/2020

Acompáñanos mañana a las 7:00 pm y disfruta de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de Muertos. Un guía del museo nos llevará a la galería y discutirá las obras de arte destacadas de la exposición de este año. ¡Etiqueta a un amigo en los comentarios para que puedan disfrutarlo juntos! Vea los horarios de los recorridos y regístrese aquí: https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui

10/13/2020

Listo para leer, is back with Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez 25th Ward Office! Join us for a pre-recorded reading of The Festival of Bones by Luis San Vicente on Friday, October 16th at 8:00 am and on Saturday, October 17th at 10:00 am. Barner’s book features beautiful Day of the Dead imagery, while teaching little ones all about this traditional Mexican holiday. Tune in to Facebook for the reading. #ListoParaLeer #MexicanArt #NMMArt #MuseumFromHome

Earlier this year Yollocalli Arts Reach launched a NEA Big Read project, hosting events around The Round House by Louise...
10/13/2020
An interview with Frankie Pedersen from the American Indian Center for The Roundhouse Book

Earlier this year Yollocalli Arts Reach launched a NEA Big Read project, hosting events around The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Listen to this interview with Frankie Pedersen where she discusses her interpretation of the book’s main character and shares the importance of keeping indigenous representation alive. #nmmart

Yollocalli Arts Reach is the award-winning youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, we offer FREE arts and culture programming to teens and young adults. Located in the heart of Chicag

10/12/2020

The National Museum of Mexican Art honors the indigenous people of the Americas.

This Sunday we’re spotlighting Spiderwoman Theater who performed their work Power Pipes in 1992 at the NMMA. One of the ...
10/11/2020

This Sunday we’re spotlighting Spiderwoman Theater who performed their work Power Pipes in 1992 at the NMMA. One of the oldest producing feminist theaters in the US, the three Cuna/Rappahannock sisters, Gloria & Muriel Miguel and Lisa Mayo, created this healing performance in response to the quincentennial anniversary of Spain and Columbus’ encounter with America in 1492. These days, the sisters are mentors to the upcoming generation of Indigenous performers, writers, and educators in addition to presenting their own work.
#SpotlightSunday #Indigenouspeoplesday

Earlier this week the 2020 MacArthur Fellows, 21 extraordinarily creative and inspiring individuals were announced. Toda...
10/10/2020

Earlier this week the 2020 MacArthur Fellows, 21 extraordinarily creative and inspiring individuals were announced. Today, we’re giving a shout out to 1991 MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gomez-Peña, who along with James Luna (Payómkawichum/Ipi) performed in the NMMA’s 1994 festival. Their performance used sarcasm and living dioramas to debate cultural identity, self-determination and their effects on museums. The presentations were funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the NEA and the Illinois Arts Council.

#ShoutOutSaturday #Indigenouspeoplesday #Macarthurgenius

Today we’re flashing back to 2016 when Nanibah Chacon (Diné/Chicana) created What Has Left Will Be Returned, a memorial ...
10/09/2020

Today we’re flashing back to 2016 when Nanibah Chacon (Diné/Chicana) created What Has Left Will Be Returned, a memorial piece to the murdered and missing indigenous women in the Southwest and across the Americas. Her installation in the annual (2016) Day of the Dead exhibition included cherished personal items borrowed from indigenous women for the ephemeral work of art. Chacon painted butterflies from the Americas onto the gallery wall for the installation.

#FlashbackFriday #Indigenouspeoplesday

Who remembers the NMMA’s 2011 exhibition, La Nación Huichol? The exhibition honored the Huichol (or Wixaritari) indigeno...
10/08/2020

Who remembers the NMMA’s 2011 exhibition, La Nación Huichol? The exhibition honored the Huichol (or Wixaritari) indigenous society by presenting their ancestral traditions, impressive artistic legacy, and notable contributions to the course of Mexican history. A masterpiece of traditional art was Nacimiento del Sol (2008), the 96”x144” yarn on wax panel by Benito de la Cruz (1967-2008). Visit our Instagram for more photos, including one of the First Nations Roundtable Discussion: A Local and Global Dialogue that was part of the exhibition.

#ThrowBackThursday #Indigenouspeoplesday

Mexico en el Corazon is going virtual this year! Join us this Friday, October 9th and enjoy a concert with Mariachi Varg...
10/08/2020

Mexico en el Corazon is going virtual this year! Join us this Friday, October 9th and enjoy a concert with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Juvenil Colotlán, Ballet Folclórico de Guadalajara, and many more! RSVP here and invite your friends and family to enjoy the concert from home! https://www.facebook.com/events/333806247704568/

Aunque el Museo está cerrado temporalmente, todavía pueden disfrutar de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de M...
10/07/2020

Aunque el Museo está cerrado temporalmente, todavía pueden disfrutar de una visita virtual a Soló un poco aquí: Día de Muertos y aprender sobre una de las tradiciones más famosas de México, el Día de Muertos. Acompáñanos todo el fin de semana cuando un guía del museo nos llevará a la galería y discutirá las obras de arte destacadas de la exposición de este año. ¡Etiqueta a un amigo en los comentarios para que puedan disfrutarlo juntos! Vea los horarios de los recorridos y regístrese aquí: https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui

In preparation for Indigenous People’s Day on October 12th, join us for a virtual guided tour of Sólo un poco aquí, Day ...
10/07/2020

In preparation for Indigenous People’s Day on October 12th, join us for a virtual guided tour of Sólo un poco aquí, Day of the Dead, an exhibition with roots in ancient indigenous traditions. This week, virtual tours are offered on Thursday night, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A museum docent will guide visitors through the gallery and discuss highlighted works of art from this year’s exhibition. Tag a friend in the comments so you can enjoy it together! See tour times and register here: https://bit.ly/SolounPocoAqui #nmmart #mexicanart #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #museumfromhome

The annual Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball will be held online this year and we’re lining up a great party! Sav...
10/06/2020

The annual Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball will be held online this year and we’re lining up a great party! Save the Date and join us on Saturday, November 7th. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening of cocktail-making, live music, face painting, cooking demos, dance lessons, and more! Tickets will be for sale and you don’t want to miss the exclusive offerings of each level. #nmmart #mexicanart #diademuertos

We’re hosting a virtual tour of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead with NMMA Curators for Museum members only! Want in o...
10/06/2020

We’re hosting a virtual tour of Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead with NMMA Curators for Museum members only! Want in on the fun? Join today and you’ll be invited to this exclusive tour. Becoming a member is just one way to support the Museum while we remain temporarily closed. Join today: http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/content/become-member-0 #nmmart #mexicanart

It’s #NationalTacoDay! The Museum’s Permanent Collection contains more than 11,000 pieces of art and we’re thrilled to s...
10/04/2020

It’s #NationalTacoDay! The Museum’s Permanent Collection contains more than 11,000 pieces of art and we’re thrilled to share this screen print by Joe Ray with you today. How are you celebrating National Taco Day?

El Noa Noa: JuanGa Baila is tonight and there’s still time to get tickets! Join us online at 7:30 pm and dance along to ...
10/03/2020
El Noa Noa: JuanGa Baila

El Noa Noa: JuanGa Baila is tonight and there’s still time to get tickets! Join us online at 7:30 pm and dance along to your favorite Juan Gabriel songs. The evening features drag performances by Gaby Badu, Marianna Castro, Viviana Mendez, and Veronica Zaid. For years, the NMMA has thrown one of the best JuanGa bashes in Chicago. Get in on the fun from the comfort of your own home and see for yourself why El Noa Noa is such a popular event. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/JuanGaBaila

El Noa Noa is back and it’s going virtual!

10/03/2020
Listo Para Leer: JUSK ASK! ft. Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

The weekend is here! Cuddle up with your little ones and enjoy Listo para leer, a virtual book-reading with NMMA staff and friends of the Museum! This week Jesus “Chuy” Garcia reads “Just Ask!” a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique by Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez. Share this book with a family who will also enjoy it!

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Thank you to Gilberto for today’s guided tour! D and I loved it. Our favorite pieces are below, as well as the altar D made with his abuela!
Artistas Latinx en Accíon Siempre will be hosting a virtual Event - in partnership with Macomb Community College. An Explanation about Day of the Dead through Information, Storytelling, Poetry and Music. OCTOBER 28, 2020 WEDNESDAY 4pm. Please Join Us.
Dolores Huerta - The Chair.
Any word on the raffle that was suppose to take place live last week during the Juan Gabriel tribute concert? I bought a few tickets.
Will you guys be open on November 1st?
Hello 👋 I visited the museum a couple of months ago and I became fascinated with this painting. Do you know the artist name? I can’t find it anywhere. Thank you 🙏🏼😊
We are planning to do a Virtual Visit on October 14 at noon and have received confirmation of the date and time from the museum a while back. When will we receive the link and more information about how we will context. I have sent a couple of emails to the [email protected] email and have not received any more information. Thank you for your help!
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Tuning in to Solo Un Poco Aquí!! 💀 🌸
Niki Moreno
can you help identify this painting? It is signed Caballero possibly in 1992. Mexico is written on the back of the canvas frame
Hola, ¿actualmente, está abierto el museo al público?