Mexican Chicago: Photographic Footprints


Mexican Chicago: Photographic Footprints, July 20, 2001 to 2013

Summary: Twenty-six black and white digital panels tell the stories of Mexican Chicago through a montage of old photographs and documents.  The display is based on the (2001) Arcadia publication, “Images of America, Mexican Chicago,” by Rita Arias Jirasek and Carlos Tortolero.  It utilizes many of the photographs and documents collected throughout the Mexican Community in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The main themes are: the Road to Chicago, Community Life, Spiritual Life, Work, Political Activism, Social Activism, and Arts & Culture. A second set of digital panels was created to travel to community-based institutions and organizations across the state of Illinois.

Curator: Rita Arias Jirasek and Linda Xochitl Tortolero

Organizing Institution: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum West Wing.

Traveling exhibition venues: Blue Island Public Library, IL, Elgin Public Musuem, IL, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington D.C., West Chicago City Museum, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Waukegan Public Library, IL, Aurora Public Art Commission, IL, Humboldt Park Library, Chicago. (Travel organized by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum)

*Exhibition catalogue published by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum.

Friday, July 20, 2001 to Saturday, July 20, 2013