National Museum of Mexican Art

Located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the National Museum of Mexican Art features some of the nation’s top Chicano artists. The centerpiece exhibit, Galería Sin Fronteras, focuses on Chicano liberation and social justice. I am always amazed by how powerful messages can be successfully conveyed through artistic expression. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from my visit.

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“Sun-Raid Raisins. Un-Naturally harvested. Guaranteed Deportation.”
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Sliding through the fence.
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“A Fairy Tale”
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A cross-section of Mestizo culture over decades.
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“The Parade of the Popsicle Man.”
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This was one of a trio of sketches of immigrants on Western Union money transfer forms.
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“Boycott Grapes.”
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I was drawn to this piece due to the references to Quaker Oats. There is an enormous factory near Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
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Four decades of Mexican-American propaganda posters.
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“The Immigrants Dream. The American Response.”
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Street art is an important part of Pilsen’s community identity. This piece is one of the many that adorns the 18th Street Pink Line “L” stop.
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Chicago’s skyline via the 18th Street Pink Line “L” stop.
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