Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey | National Museum of Mexican Art | Museums | Chicago Reader

Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey Agenda Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2017

Local artist Alberto Aguilar often uses cognates—or as he describes them, "words that can be read in English and in Spanish simultaneously"—in his work. He knew he wanted to incorporate them when the National Museum of Mexican Art asked him to participate in its 30th anniversary exhibition, "Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey." One of his contributions is the first work visitors encounter, a window sign that reads PORTAL in bright red letters above the entrance. It's a word that takes you places: into another dimension, another world, another time. With the White House planning to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and increasing raids in immigrant communities—one of which resulted in a federal agent shooting a man in Belmont Cragin last week—entering a space where those communities are celebrated can indeed feel like being transported to a different reality. Continue reading >>


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