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National Museum of Mexican Arts
Chicago, Illinois
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions


September 2012-November 2012


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead 2012

Hanal Pixán/Food for the Souls

The 26th Annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) will continue to be the Museum’s largest, most popular and renowned community event of the year. The 2012 Mayan-themed exhibition entitled Hanal Pixán: Food for the Souls will focus on regions in Mexico including; Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.


Members’ Preview: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6-8:30 p.m. RSVP 312-433-3922


Public Preview: Friday, September 14, 2012 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Exhibition runs September 15 through December 16

Curated by Dolores Mercado and presented by Bank of America and Com Ed

Friday, September 7, 2012


La Catrina Fashion Show: Cultura Meets Couture

National Museum of Mexican Art

5:45 p.m. VIP reception and gallery tours

7:00 p.m. General registration and reception

8:00 p.m. Cultura meets Couture Fashion Show


$75 VIP tickets includes one-year free membership to the Museum, priority reserved seating, goody bag, and drinks and eats


$50 general admission ticket includes reception, general seating and access to Museum exhibitions

 RSVP: 312-433-3916


This event is part of the Museum’s Sor Juana Festival 2012: A Tribute to Mexican Women

Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Lunada by Teatro Luna

Teatro Luna presents Lunada, a celebration of 12 years of new and original work by Pan-Latina artists featuring excerpts from Teatro Luna’s classic plays including S-e-x-OH! and Lunátic(a)s as well as newer works including Crossed, a sultry and poignant take on issues of immigration and race. Lunada will showcase Teatro Luna’s trademark wit and humor and keep you laughing all night long.


Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Admission: Free

Time:    6:30-8:30 PM

For more information, please call 312-738-1503


Sunday, September 28, 2012

Paloma Martínez-Cruz visits the National Museum of Mexican Art and presents her book Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica from East L.A. to Anahuac


Join author Paloma Martínez-Cruz for a reading from her engaging book Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica from East L.A. to Anahuac, a significant and heartfelt contribution to women’s and gender studies, Latin American studies, and Chicana/Borderlands studies.  Martínez-Cruz’s captivating personal narrative intertwines with the historical account of the ways Mesoamerican women healers played a role during childbirth and helped cure the sick.  The resulting story is an engaging read for those intrigued by indigenous healing practices, medicine, and spirituality.


Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Time:    2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

For more information, please call 312-738-1503


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Elda De la Rosa Trunk Show

Location:          Elda De La Rosa Couture

555 North Sheridan Road, #15


Event Time:       4:00-9:00 p.m.

Admission:       Free


Have a drink, mix, mingle, browse and buy some of the stunning designs that have made Elda De la Rosa so well known throughout the fashion world.  For more information, please call 773-769-3128


Thursday, October 24, 2012

Sandra Cisneros and Ester Hernández present “Have You Seen Maria?”

Book reading and author/illustrator meet and greet

General Admission: $12

Members: $10

Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, 312-738-1503


The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a deeply moving tale of loss, grief, and healing. Have You Seen Maria is a richly-illustrated fable for grown-ups.


Sandra Cisneros is the author of two highly celebrated novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Other books include the story collection Women Hollering Creek; two books of poetry: and two books of children’s literature. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisnernos Del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers.


Ester Hernández is an internationally acclaimed visual artists whose work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.  She lives in San Francisco.


Friday, October 26, 2012

The 2012 Sor Juana Awards Reception

Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free, but reservations required

Reservations or for more information: [email protected] or call 312-738-1503


The National Museum of Mexican Art is proud to honor seven Mexican leaders from both sides of the border as the 2012 Sor Juana Award recipients.  The award is given to women who exemplify the spirit of resilience of Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz.  These women have shown leadership in their respective careers and lives and they have given so much through the arts, education, civic leadership and community engagement.


2012 Sor Juana Awardees:

Hilda Cruz-Peña                         Beatriz Margain

Dolores Cupp                           Nicole Marroquin

Francis García                           Patti Vásquez


Mondragón Family Sugar Skull Demonstrations

Celebrate life and experience the rich customs of Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art.  Day of the Dead is a 3,000-year-old celebration honoring loved ones and the Museum is pleased to offer opportunities for families to experience the tradition, joy and craftsmanship of this family-friendly feast for the senses.


Sugar Skull Demonstrations

 September 15, 2012 – November 4, 2012

10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Location: National Museum of Mexican Art

Contact: 312-738-1503 for more information


The Mexican sugar skull is the most popular symbol of Day of the Dead.


Join us for a live sugar skull demonstration with artisans Alejandro Mondragón Arriaga, Elvira Garcia Zinzu, & Elvira Mondragón García.  The Mondragón Family has been transforming raw sugar into traditional Mexican sugar skulls for several generations.  As part of this demonstration, you can have a brilliantly decorated sugar skull created by the masterful hands of the Mondragón Family, right before your eyes!


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