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Memoria Presente An Artistic Journey

March 25 – August 13, 2017 Main Gallery
Memoria Presente Cover Photo
Salvador Jiménez-Flores, La resistencia de los nopales híbridos, 2017, terracotta, porcelain, underglaze and mixed media.

There is no better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary year than to present an exhibition of exceptional artists currently working in Chicago and vicinity. Since opening its doors in 1987, the Museum has showcased 220 exhibitions that exemplify a broad spectrum of artistic expressions from both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. The contemporary artists now creating artwork across our Midwest city continue to accurately reflect the vibrance and diversity found within the Chicago-Mexican community. Their poetic and political expressions carry on an extensive history of contemplative work and civic dialog in North America. The Museum’s philosophy of a Mexican culture “sin fronteras” (without borders) promotes art as a bridge between communities, while art education expands minds and breaks down barriers, even as it preserves cultural heritage.

Participating Artists

Alberto Aguilar, Sergio Gomez, Elsa Muñoz, Miguel ‘Kane One’ Aguilar, Mario ‘Zore’ Gonzalez Jr., Christopher Preissing, Alfonso ‘Piloto’ Nieves, René Hugo Arceo, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Errol Ortiz, Juan Angel Chavez, Sam Kirk, Dan Ramirez, Javier Chavira, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Marcos Raya, Héctor Duarte, Ivan Lozano, Luis Romero, William Estrada, Jorge Lucero, Luis A. Sahagun, Roberto Ferreyra, Nicole Marroquin, CHema Skandal!, Eric Garcia, Victoria Martinez, Georgina Valverde, Maria Gaspar, Yvette Mayorga, Gabriel Villa


Dolores Mercado, Cesáreo Moreno, and Ricardo X. Serment

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

Displayed at

National Museum of Mexican Art Main Gallery


All images below are a glimpse into the exhibition for those who could not attend in person. Photo credit: Michael Tropea.

Content Warning:

Violence. Gore. Trauma. Some images of the artwork in the gallery aren't suited for all audiences. Viewer discretion advised.

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