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Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, Illinois

Phone: 312-738-1503 --

Statement of Purpose:

To sponsor special events and exhibits that examplify the rich variety in visual and performing arts found in the Mexican culture.


Experience the arts of Mexico and the Mexican communities of the U.S. at the Midwest's first and the nation's largest Mexican museum.


View critically acclaimed exhibitions of Mexican art, ranging in thems from the traditional to the avant-garde.

Enjoy a variety of theater, music and dance events celebrating Mexican culture.


The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, a Museum in the Chicago Parks, is located at 1852 West 19th Street in the Pilsen/Little Village community.

Telephone  Phone   312 - 738 -1503 Fax   312 - 738 -9740

Museum Hours 10 AM - 5 PM  Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Mondays and Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

Admission FREE for exhibitions. Performance festivals are ticketed. Donations are accepted.

Transportation MFACM is easily accessible by CTA transportation.  Take the CTA Blue line 54/Cermak train to the 18th St. stop.  As you walk out of the station, make a right and walk to the end of the block, you will be on the corner of 18th & Wood. Make a left and walk two blocks; turn right on 19th St.; walk another block and the Museum will be on your right hand side. It’s about a 5 -minute walk. For more information on public transportation to the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, call RTA Travel Center Hotline at 312.836.7000.


Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular Mexicano
February 16, 2002 – May 26, 2002
A spring exhibition that honors the Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art which highlights eminent artists in order to prevent the knowledge and skills of the great masters of folk art from being lost. The exhibition supports the productive processes of the artisans in order to prevent the extinction of certain processes and techniques. In summary, the exhibition strengthens cultural identity as well as pride among the artisans. The opening reception is on February 15, 2002 from 6 – 8 PM. On Sundays during the exhibition there will be free public tours from 12 – 1 PM (English) and 1 – 2 PM (Spanish). 


Sears Family Days
March 3, April 7, and May 5, 2002
Join us for a guided tour of Grandes Maestros and afterwards create your own work inspired by the arte popular of the great master artisans of Mexico. On March 3rd the featured craft will be folk dolls from Chiapas, on April 7th hand weaving and on May 19th it will be Aztec fans. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Grandes Maestros Gallery Talks
March 17, April 21, and May 26, 2002
Cesareo Moreno, MFACM Visual Arts Director, will share his personal perspective on popular art and Grandes Maestros.

Demonstrating Artists Isabel Rivera and Julia Sánchez
May 14 – 26, 2002
Join these artesanos of Tlalpujahua, Michoacán as they demonstrate the art of Featherwork.

Huichol Beadwork Adult Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2002
From 12 – 4 adults are invited to participate in this arts workshop exploring the techniques used by the Huichol to create elaborate beadwork items.

Annual Del Corazon Festival
April, 2002 – June, 2002
Artists are brought together from Mexico and the U.S. to take part in an eclectic Spring festival which celebrates the diversity of Mexican culture by showcasing the best of Mexican performing arts from music and theater to literature and film.

Works of Art From the Collection of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
June 14, 2002 – October 7, 2002
Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco,and David Alfaro Siqueros are just a few of the artists who would visit the home of Dr. Alvar Carrillo Gil and sell him their recent works of art. Today The Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, in Mexico City, continues to collect and display the most notable of Mexico’s Modern and Contemporary art.

June 14, 2002 – September 1, 2002
Xicágoan is a group show that displays some of the most talented and dedicated contemporary artists to come out of the Chicago-Mexican community.

Día de Muertos 2002
September 28, 2002 – December 9, 2002
The celebration of Día de Muertos, (Day of the Dead), has a long history that is rooted in Mexico’s indigenous past and is steeped in traditions. As purveyors of the nation’s largest Día de Muertos exhibit, the MFACM’s annual exhibit typically includes a wide range of artistic expressions from Mexican communities on both sides of the border and continues to receive national
attention for its scope, size, and uniqueness.

Annual Sor Juana Festival
October, 2002 – November, 2002
A fall festival that serves to honor one of Mexico’s greatest writers, Sor Juana
Inez de la Cruz, which showcases the rich talent and cultural contributions of Mexican women in theater, music, literature and dance. In its eighth year, the Sor Juana festival will recognize five Chicago Mexican women leaders whose lives reflect the spirit of Sor Juana.

Recent Acqisitions
October 25, 2002 – April 27, 2003
This exhibition will allow visitors to view some of the most resent works of art to be accessioned into the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum’s Permanent Collection.




Young Beauty.

Art in the making.

Key Personnel:

Carlos Tortolero, Executive Director

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