Opening Reception: Arte Diseño Xicágo II From the World’s Fair to the Present Day

April 12, 2024, 6:00 – 8:00 pm National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition: Arte Diseño Xicágo II – From the World’s Fair to the Present Day. Join us on Friday, April 12th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the opening reception. This exciting exhibition examines the 1893 World’s Fair and features 19th century works of art from both sides of the border by some of the leading artists who participated in the World’s Fair. It also includes contemporary artwork by Chicago-based artists born in Mexico and whose art reflects their transnational experiences.  

We’ll also celebrate the opening of Mariachi Potosino – The Sound of Home in the Xicágo Gallery. The poignant exhibition recounts the story of José Cruz Alba (1918-2002) and his immigrant journey from Durango to Chicago. Archival photographs, video, newspaper clippings and family interviews trace his life’s work with Mariachi Potosino, from its founding in 1958 until it disbanded in 2019. 

Be sure to visit Yollocalli Class of 2023 in the Courtyard. The exhibition includes inquisitive work from Yollocalli’s 2023 programs that explores youth voice and portrays themes of identity, environment, nature, and exploration, all with a sprinkle of whimsical creativity.

Arte Diseño Xicágo II – From the World’s Fair to the Present Day is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights Chicago’s artistic heritage and creative communities.