Founded in 1975 by the Mexican-American artist Peter Rodriguez, The Mexican Museum is dedicated to Mexican art and located in the heart of San Francisco. It has always been a museum dedicated to the preservation of Latino artists, but the San Francisco-based museum recently announced that it is going to expand in a BIG way.
Moving from Fort Mason to a 60,000 square foot space in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the Mexican Museum is about to broaden its artistic horizons in a big way. With the new space, they will be able to showcase numerous exhibits two of which will highlight Latinx artists and the Guerrilla Girls. It will also feature eight hundred pieces of Mexican folk art.
However, one of the most inspiring and influential aspects of the new museum will be its children's exhibit dedicated to the Queen of the Guerrilla Girls, Frida Kahlo. Known for her modern abstracts, Kahlo was able to represent Mexico in a creative, innovative light. She took charge of her career and refused to take "no" for an answer from exhibitors and art dealers. She is a true inspiration, and her life through her paintings will be the theme of the exhibit.
The museum is set to open in July 2019, but there will be much to look forward to at the old Fort Mason space until then. From March 24 through May 28, the Mexican Museum will have exhibit called "Tramas Urbanas." It will feature the textual work from Mexican visual artist Paloma Torres that was created over the past three years. Her work is a physical representation - she uses tapestry and sculpture - of photographs that she took of Mexico City from the air. Each piece infuses the troubles and despair as well as joy and cultural appreciation of the city's inhabitants.
With more and more exhibits like Torres', the Mexican Museum is giving its Fort Mason space quite the send off. As the exhibits have gotten bolder with time, the Mexican Museum has followed Kahlo's example and will continue to push boundaries. If you are anything like me, it physically pains you that this large soon-to-be-filled-with-amazing-art space is not open right now. July 2019, why can you not come any sooner?