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Mexican Museum Partners With Universidad Nacional

August 20, 2014

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto with museum chair Andrew Kluger (Mexican Museum)
Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto with museum chair Andrew Kluger (Mexican Museum)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mexican Museum is partnering with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City to bring Mexican artists-in-residence to San Francisco, the museum announced Wednesday.

Andrew Kluger, the museum's chairman of the board, recently met with UNAM officials in Mexico to discuss a proposal to set up an artist-in-residence program in conjunction with the Mexican Museum.

Visiting artists "would participate in a five-day program that will include participating in guest lectures and classes, doing workshops with children, and mentoring gifted young San Francisco artists," Mr. Kluger said in a news release.

Sandra Acevedo Hanns, who is chairing the project, said that the museum "will serve as a focal point in introducing stronger cultural ties between our two nations."

Exhibitions featuring pieces from both the Mexican Museum and UNAM are planned as well. The museum and UNAM will also collaborate to identify notable professional and new artists and invite them to showcase their work.

UNAM is Mexico's largest public research university and the largest university in Latin America. Murals on the main campus in Mexico City were painted by artists such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

The Mexican Museum was founded by artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of San Francisco's Hispanic community in the Mission District. Now located at Fort Mason Center, the museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2012. Its 15,500-piece permanent collection reflects pre-Hispanic, colonial, popular, modern and contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino and Chicano art.

The museum expects to move to a new home at the Yerba Buena Garden Arts District in 2018.


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