Permanent Collection Summary


The National Museum of Mexican Permanent Collection

Number of Permanent Collection Database Records as of ( 12/21/2015) 

including 236 vintage calendarios; 574 vintage postcards of remote areas, colonial churches and local customs in Mexico; 974 posters documenting Chican@ cultural events, movies and NMMA history.


Folk Art
1709 comprised of ceramics, masks, papier mache and carved wood items from throughout Mexico.  Well-known artists from such families as the Linares, Castillo, Aguilar, Horta are represented.


Painting and Sculpture
315 distinct works ranging from colonial religious art to contemporary multi-media installations.


683 including gelatin silver photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti, Graciela Iturbide, Mariana Yampolsky; documentary images of the Mexican Revolution by Agustín Casasola and Hugo Brehme; digital prints by Pedro Meyer and the Ann Murdy archive.


Prints and Drawings
3255 with over 500 Carlos Cortez prints and original blocks currently accessioned and more to do; almost 300 prints and drawings by Leopoldo Mendez and nearly Chicano serigraphs executed at Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles.


165 artifacts ranging from the Proto to the late Classic eras from the following cultures: Maya,
Tlatilco, Toltec and
Western Mexico.
Over 500 encompassing regional outfits, embroideries,
huipiles and weavings; recent additions are from the Sandra Cisneros Collection.


Permanent Collection has travelled:

*Museo de Arte Moderno, México, D.F., Mexico
*La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
*Museo de Historia, Monterrey,  Nuevo Leon, Mexico
*México Museo Regional de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
*Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California, México
*Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Coyoacán, México.
*Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura Museo de Arte del Estado de Veracruz, Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico
*Instituto  Veracruzana de Cultura Recinto Cultural Ex-Convento Betlemita, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico


*American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
*Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
*Heard Museum, Phoenix , Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
*Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA,
*Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
*Museo del Barrio, New York City, NY
*Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
*National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
*California African-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
*The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
*Museo Alameda, San Antonio, TX
*Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
*Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum, Washington D.C.
*DuSable African American Museum, Chicago, IL
*Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA
*Fort Wayne Museum of Art


*The Field Museum of Natural History
*The Museum of Contemporary Art
*Chicago Cultural Center
*Terra Museum
*Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
*DuPage Children’s Museum



Institutions of higher learning
*Purdue University
*Loyola Museum of Art
*School of the Art Institute of Chicago
*DePaul University
*University of Illinois at Champaign / Urbana
*Northern Illinois University 21

Over eighty items from Permanent Collection comprised the core of the well-received, groundbreaking exhibitions entitled The African Presence in Mexico from Yanga to the Present and Who Are We Now? Roots, Resistance, and Recognition, which traveled throughout the United States and Mexico.

We are excited to include nine Permanent Collection pieces in the travelling exhibition entitled The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community.