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June 28 – November 3, 2002

Local artists of Mexican descent are as diverse in their visions and approaches to art making as the city in which they work. Although painting can still be singled out as the most common medium, the use of photography and digital imaging techniques has greatly influenced the process of creation. Many of the social justice issues tackled by the community artists thirty years ago, have since been replaced with contemporary concerns of self-identity in a multifaceted world- 21st century global matters at the local level. In the media/information saturated society of this century, the Mexican artists of Chicago have responded in many of the same ways as their non-Mexican counterparts. By reflecting on past experiences and continuing in a conversation with the current global artistic communities, these Xicágo based artists will continue to transform themselves and mirror the dynamic and ever-increasing Mexican community in Chicago.

Participating Artists

Javier Carmona, Mario Castillo, Juan Ángel Chávez, Carlos Córtez, Héctor Duarte, Esperanza Gama, Michael Hernández de Luna, Ricardo Santos Hernández, Claudia Lozano-Alberú, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Patricia Peña, Marcos Raya, Alejandro Romero, Gabriel Villa, Roman Villareal


Cesáreo Moreno

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery