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Fanning the Flame The Art of Carlos Cortéz from The Museum’s Permanent Collection

May 30 – August 31, 1997
Black and white with crowd of people and skeletons protesting and holding red banner
Carlos Cortéz, La lucha continúa / The Struggle Continues, 1986, woodcut, Permanent Collection, 1997.1, Gift of the Artist

This was the first major retrospective exhibition of one of our community’s greatest artists, activists and poets. The work on display was drawn primarily from the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum’s permanent collection, and featured paintings, prints and drawings that reflected almost fifty years of Carlos Cortéz’ artistic achievement. Themes found in this work include his long- standing commitment to workers in the U.S., promotion of human rights struggles and the illustration of Mexican cultural traditions.

Participating Artists

Carlos Cortéz


Tere Romo

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum Main Gallery

Gallery Views

All images below are a glimpse into the exhibition for those who could not attend in person. Photo credit: Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar

Exhibition Highlights