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The Mexican Museum: Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories

The Mexican Museum, Bldg D — May 24th through Jan 6th

The Mexican Museum presents: "Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories." This exhibit of work from the Museum's collection explores portraiture from ancient cultures to the present, conveying rich stories of belonging, community, and identity. The exhibit includes exquisite pieces from each of the museum's five main collecting areas: ancient culture, colonial, popular art, fine art, and contemporary art.

"Portraits have been used to honor departed family members, strengthen one's social standing, celebrate historic events, promote politicians, and mark rites of passage, among other motivations," said David de la Torre, curator of the exhibition. "The rich visual content of the exhibition serves as an entry point into a greater understanding of the traditions of portraiture and the many reasons why artists have depicted the human face through time."

"In addition to presenting The Mexican Museum's permanent collection, we are very proud to feature adjacent to the exhibition two works from the Smithsonian Institution, of which we are the only Affiliate in San Francisco," said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, Director & CEO. "The two digital artworks of César Chávez from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in "Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories" represent powerful examples of a stark portrait of this national leader as well as a documentary portrait of one of the most important movements for civil- and workers' rights."

"Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories" highlights some of the finest works in the museum's holdings including Pre-Hispanic ceramics from Mexico's ancient culture as well as Incan Peru. Highly crafted santos, religious paintings, and retablos are covered within the 19th-century colonial era. Internationally recognized master artists such as Rosa Covarrubias, Gustavo Monroy, and Rufino Tamayo are included within the modern art section.

The cutting-edge vitality of contemporary Chicano and Latino art is represented by Carlos Almaraz, Virginia Benavidez, Cristina Emmanuel, Carmen Lomas Garza, and Emigdio Vasquez, among others. "Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories" would not be complete without showcasing popular cultural traditions as colorful vehicles for conveying concepts of belonging, community and identity.

"Caras/Cuentos ~ Faces/Stories" also takes the opportunity to showcase recent acquisitions and the generosity of museum patronage over time. Within the exhibit, previous donors such as the Museum's founder, Peter Rodriguez, singer Andy Williams, Ann Rockefeller Roberts, and Adriana and Tom Williams are acknowledged, as well as many others who have helped to create one of the most important collections of its kind in the US.

EXHIBIT: Wednesday-Sunday, May 25, 2012-January 6, 2013
(Closed Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23)
12:00 Noon-4:00 p.m.
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