Selections from The Mexican Museum's Permanent Collection

The Mexican Museum's permanent collection contains five collecting areas of artworks from Pre-Hispanic times to contemporary. This exhibit features 150 of our best pieces, a tiny fraction of the overall permanent collection of over 16,000 artworks. These are highlights reflecting the diversity of The Mexican Museum's vast, impressive collection acquired over 40 years as an institution.

Sitting Figure (-0300/0500) by Nayarit cultureThe Mexican Museum

Pre-Hispanic Art

The Museum’s Pre-Hispanic collection, encompassing Mesoamerican, Central American and South American cultures, span 2,500 years of history. Over 2,000 artifacts offer fine examples of vessels, ceremonial objects, tools, body ornaments and reliefs from major ancient cultures including Teotihuacan, Mayan, Zapotec, Nayarit, Colima and ancient Peruvian civilizations.

Ceramic Bird Vessel, Tlatilco, -1250/-0800, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Squash Vessel, Mixtec culture, -0300/-0100, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Carved Stone Object, Mezcala, -0300/-0100, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ceramic Standing Warrior Whistle, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Frog Whistle, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Dog Whistle, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ring, Unknown, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Armadillo Effigy Vessel, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Parrot Effigy Vessel, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Seated Figure, Nayarit culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Flute, Colima culture, -0300/0400, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Bowl with faces, Nayarit culture, -0300/0500, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Sitting Figure, Nayarit culture, -0300/0500, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Turtle Vessel, Colima culture, -0050/0250, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Fire God Vessel, Zapotec culture, 0/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Animal Vessel, Zapotec culture, 0/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Effigy Urn of the Bat God, Zapotec culture, 0/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Vessel with Jaguar, Zapotec culture, 0/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Seated Figure Vessel, Cocijo, Zapotec culture, 0/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ball Player with Mohawk, Colima culture, 100/600, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Standing Figure, Remojadas culture, 300/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Pediment/Frieze, Maya culture, 300/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ceramic Stamp, Veracruz culture, 300/800, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Whistle, Colima culture, 400/900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mayan Vessel, Maya culture, 500/1000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Armadillo Pitcher, Mixtec culture, 900/1200, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Bowl with Animal Face and Tail, Mixtec culture, 900/1200, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Tripod Bird Vase, Mixtec culture, 900/1500, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Water Jar, Chancay culture, 1000/1450, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Architectual Fragment with Death, Aztec culture, 1325/1521, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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The Virgin of Guadalupe by UnknownThe Mexican Museum

Colonial Art

Colonial art from the 18th and 19th centuries include carved wooden santos, oil paintings, works on tin, metal jewelry, ecclesiastical textiles, and decorative arts. There are over 1,500 objects in the colonial art holdings.

Holy Family Altar Piece Section, Unknown, 1550/1850, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Altar Piece, Jesus Crucifixion Scene, Unknown, 1550/1850, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Animal Shaped Wooden Slit Drum, Unknown, 1550/1850, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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The Virgin of Guadalupe, Unknown, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Eucharistic Shawl, Unknown, 1820/1820, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Trinidad, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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N. Sra. de la Soledad Ex-voto de Juliana, M.C. Rancela, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Huida a Egipto (Flight from Egypt), Peruvian school, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, El Alma de Mar, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, La Sagrada Familia, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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The Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Unknown, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, Penitent Soul in Inferno, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, Jesuit Saint, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Cope Section, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, La Pieta, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Cristo Crucificado; Crucified Christ, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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San Emigdio Obispo y Martir, Unknown, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, The Blood and the Lamb, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, Mater Dolorosa, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, Santa Madre con el Niño Dios, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Santo Niño de Atocha, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Retablo, San Miguel Archangel, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Nuestra Senora de la Concepción o de la Encarnacion, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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San Jose El Santo Nino, Unknown, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Sorrowing Christ On Veronica's Veil, Unknown, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Triple Panel Screen, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Virgin Mary, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Male Saint with Wings, Unknown, 1800/1900, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Sampler, Unknown, 1870/1880, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Na Sra de la Soledad Ex-voto de Maria Rogas, Ex-voto painting depicting pump car derailment in country landscape. Three trees in background with foliage and one bare tree LS foreground. Railroad runs horizontally across painting. Left side has Virgin de la Soledad in sky above. Kneeling figure in black shawl and red dress. Railroad car derailed with with three figures in white: one standing, one laying on ground, and one with legs up in the air on the other side of the railroad tracks. Blue sky and green meadow background. Dia 18 de Septiembre de 1901., 1901-09-18/1901-09-18, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ex-Voto, Holy Savior Child/Eustogia Marin, Unknown, 1907-04-05/1907-04-05, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Convent Chair, Unknown, 1910/1910, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Owl Nahual (1940/1980) by Candelario MedranoThe Mexican Museum

Popular & Folk Art

With over 5,000 objects, the popular and folk art collection represents the largest component of The Mexican Museum’s holdings. Spanning the 20th century to the present, the collection contains fine examples of handcrafted artifacts from all the major folk art regions of Mexico.

Candelabra, Unknown, 1900/1960, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Fantastic Figure, Herón Martínez Mendoza, 1940/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Tehuana Girl, Herón Martínez Mendoza, 1940/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Circus Dogs, Herón Martínez Mendoza, 1940/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Bird Vessel Candelabra, Herón Martínez Mendoza, 1940/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ceramic Mask, Candelario Medrano Lopez, 1930/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Alebrije, Pedro Linares, 1930/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Buck/Deer, Candelario Medrano Lopez, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Owl Nahual, Candelario Medrano, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Chapel, Candelario Medrano Lopez, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Female Figure, Doña Rosa, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Miniature Tree of Life Candelabra, Isabela Castillo Ortiz, 1970/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Rounding Up Those Little Doggies, Joe Mariscal, 1981/1981, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Rabbit, Manuel Jimenez, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Container with Lid, Gorki Gonzalez, 1960/1990, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Box, Christ Ascending to Heaven, David Villafanez, 1940/1990, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Bird Vessel, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Huipil, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Candelabra Tree of Life, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Calaca with Opera Hat, Josefina Aguilar, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Nahual (Lion), Candelario Medrano Lopez, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Ceramic Vase, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Corte de Falda, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Devil Couple, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Papier-mâché Bird, Ser-Mel Workshop, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Female Figure with Animals, Teodora Blanco, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Last Supper Assemblage, Josefina Aguilar, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Rooster, Candelario Medrano Lopez, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Dog Effigy Vessel, Unknown, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Huichol Yarn Tabla, Martin de la Cruz, 1900/2000, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Tehuana (1926/1926) by Miguel CovarrubiasThe Mexican Museum

Mexican and Latin American Fine Art

The museum’s 20th century fine art collections from Mexico and Latin America contain over 2,500 objects including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Mexican masters such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias are well represented in the collection. The works on paper collection is historically rich and contains lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, photographs, posters, rare books, portfolios and archival material.

Agonía, José Clemente Orozco, 1900/1949, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mujer Muerto, José Clemente Orozco, 1900/1949, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Pedregal, José Clemente Orozco, 1900/1949, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Untitled (Figure Kneeling at Cross), José Clemente Orozco, 1900/1949, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Untitled (Women Carrying Flowers), Alfredo Ramos Martinez, 1940/1945, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Hernán Cortés, Miguel Covarrubias, 1904/1957, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Tehuana, Miguel Covarrubias, 1926/1926, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Untitled (Bridgeworkers), Diego Rivera, 1930/1930, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Alyse, Xavier Martinez, 1900/1930, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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The Overseer, Leopoldo Mendez, 1934/1934, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Self-Portrait, David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1937/1937, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Miguel Covarrubias in San Francisco, Imogen Cunningham, 1939/1939, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Frida Kahlo and Emmy Lou Packard, Diego Rivera, 1941/1941, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Chac Draws Yum-Kaax, the Corn God, from His Earth Dwelling, Manuel Villamor, 1940/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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El Paricutin, Hugo Brehme, 1943/1952, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Mujer Antigua, Julia López, 1950/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Esculturo en el Jardin, Arturo Estrada, 1968/1968, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Maternidad, Francisco Zuñiga, 1972/1972, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mayan Theories #14, Manuel Villamor, 1973/1973, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Crow Soup, Leonora Carrington, 1977/1977, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Historia Natural (Natural History), Xavier Esqueda, 1977/1977, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Desnudo Sentado, Felipe Castañeda, 1978/1978, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Coco, Arturo Estrada, 1940/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Kukulcan Summons the Chacs of Earth and Fire, Manuel Villamor, 1979/1979, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Pensativa, Jorge Duron, 1950/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mujer con la Pierna Cruzada, Armando Amaya, 1955/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mujer con Olla, Francisco Zuñiga, 1930/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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El Sol Sonriente (The Smiling Sun), Rufino Tamayo, 1983/1983, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Guerrero, Gunther Gerzso, 1984/1989, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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On Stage: The Bronze, Byron Galvez, 1990/1990, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Over the Rainbow (2005/2005) by Alfredo ArreguínThe Mexican Museum

Chicano Art

Emphasizing the art of the present, the contemporary collection of Chicano art numbers over 1,000 works including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and ephemera. Nationally and internationally acclaimed Chicano artists such as Alejandro Colunga, Enrique Chagoya, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, Ester Hernandez, Patssi Valdez, Gronk, and hundreds of other emerging and accomplished artists, working here and abroad, are represented in the museum’s ever-growing Chicano and Contemporary Mexican-American art holdings.

Untitled/Profile, Manuel Neri, 1957/1957, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Untitled (Human Profile), Manuel Neri, 1957/1957, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Hombre en Dos, Luis Valsoto, 1970/1970, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Loteria, Carmen Lomas Garza, 1972/1972, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Manzana Erotica, Ralph Maradiaga, 1974/1974, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Images of Kahlo, Alfredo Arreguín, 1977/1977, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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A Very Modern City Under the Sea, Alex A. Maldonado, 1978/1978, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Patssi Valdez, Harry Gamboa Jr., 1979/1979, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Assassination of a Striking Mexican Worker, Rupert Garcia, 1979/1979, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Autorretrato, Carmen Lomas Garza, 1979/1979, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Untitled Standing Figure No. 5, Manuel Neri, 1980/1980, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Medusa, Jose Ramon Lerma, 1981/1981, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Sun Mad, Ester Hernandez, 1982/1982, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Illegal Landscape, Gronk, 1980/1986, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Young Fool, Carlos Almaraz, 1985/1985, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Molotov Cocktail Dress, Gronk, 1987/1987, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Las Peleoneras, Carmen Lomas Garza, 1988/1988, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Homage to Howard, Patssi Valdez, 1989/1989, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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La Curandera, Carmen Lomas Garza, 1989/1989, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Going out of Business, John Valdez, 1990/1990, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Room with Red Table, Patssi Valdez, 1991/1991, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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El Regreso de la Vaca Sagrada (The Return of the Sacred Cow), Enrique Chagoya, 1992/1992, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Mano Poderosa, Enrique Chagoya, 1992/1992, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Nopalitos Frescos, Carmen Lomas Garza, 1980/1993, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Four Calaveras, Patssi Valdez, 1998/1998, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Bomba Barrococo, Ray Abeyta, 2004/2004, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Over the Rainbow, Alfredo Arreguín, 2005/2005, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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Jaguar and Two Dragons, Sal Garcia, 2007/2007, From the collection of: The Mexican Museum
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