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Fall Exhibitions Opening

September 10, 2021, 6:00 – 8:30 pm National Museum of Mexican Art
Photo of painting by Marilu Alvarez called Disemia

The National Museum of Mexican Art cordially invites you to the opening of two great exhibitions: Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember and Reframing Comunidad The Art of Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando on Friday, September 10th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Important update regarding opening night:

The museum will be open from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on opening night for Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.

  • For opening night only, we will ask for proof of full vaccination (with the exception of children under 13).
  • Until further notice we will require the wearing of masks by everyone older than 2 years.
  • We will also have a limited capacity in the gallery; please be mindful of this as you move through the galleries.

We hope you understand the precautionary measures we are implementing; we want this day to be a celebration of community and life, and not a Covid spreading event.

About the exhibitions:

Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve

The 2021 exhibition pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from Mexico and the U.S. who in the past two years have died from COVID-19. During the pandemic, many of us were heartbroken to be unable to spend time with our loved ones. As we are now able to gather, we join together to grieve and remember the ones we lost during these two years. The collective act of mourning is a fundamental aspect of annual Day of the Dead commemorations, and offers a healing way to acknowledge, accept and bear the inevitable. Please join us for our 35th annual Day of the Dead exhibition to honor and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones through this time-honored tradition. In this exhibition, we invite you to contemplate this moment with new artistic expressions by local artists and site-specific installations created by artists from both sides of the US-Mexico border. 

Curated by Cesáreo Moreno

Reframing Comunidad 
The Art of Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando

Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando share a deep commitment to creating portraits. Utilizing paper, canvas, wood panel and cloth, they create sensitive drawings and paintings of a cross-section of people. Some portraits are intimate tributes to family members and friends. Others serve as social statements that bring visibility to invisible community and neighborhood residents. The exhibition provides a survey of their art across decades and from different cities, including recent portraits of each other never before exhibited.

Curated by Terezita Romo