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As Cosmopolitans and Strangers: Mexican Art of the Jewish Diaspora from the Permanent Collection

January 16 – August 3, 2014

This National Museum of Mexican Arts Permanent Collection exhibition explores the notion of both “insiders and outsiders” and the struggle between preservation and integration among the Jewish communities in Mexico. Furthermore, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to challenge established notions of Mexicanidad (Mexicaness), as these artists of Jewish heritage have been integral to the evolution of a modern Mexican visual culture. The diverse experiences that have cultivated Mexican identity now raise questions of citizenship and immigration.

Participating Artists

Arnold Belkin, Gunther Gerzso, Olga Costa, Leopoldo Méndez, Felipe E. Ehrenberg, Mariana Yampolsky, Fanny Rabel, Arnaldo Coen, Lucienne Bloch, Philip Stein, Angelina Beloff, Leonardo Nierman, Ricardo Carbajal Moss, Pedro Meyer, Brian Nissen, Taller de Gráfica Popular, Dianna Frid, Saul Borisov, Elena Climent, and Diego Rivera


Lesley Wolff

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art in partnership with American Jewish Committee (Chicago)

Displayed at

Rubin and Paula Torres Gallery