Caja de Visiones

Arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos

September 18, 2021 through January 23, 2022

The past and present intertwine in Caja de visiones: arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos, or Box of Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art from Mexico in the Midwest. The exhibition features selections from MMoCA’s significant collection of Mexican modern art in a show that explores the history of the artistic renaissance in Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century and its connection to works being created by Mexican and Mexican-American artists working in the Midwest today.

The museum’s collection of Mexican modern art is one of the finest and most extensive in the Midwest and includes 223 works by over 60 artists—primarily prints, photographs, and drawings by luminaries such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Leopoldo Méndez, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as an important oil painting by Frida Kahlo.

These significant modern art works are paired with contemporary artists based the United States who address analogous themes in their work, nearly a century later, as they relay their own stories that thoughtfully address topics like the border crisis, exploited Mexican labor, and the celebration of their heritage and cultural pride. Featured works by Angélica Contreras, J. Leigh Garcia, Wenceslao Martinez and his partner Sandra Martinez, Roberto Torres Mata, and Mauricio Ramirez reveal undeniable and impactful connections to the modern art of Mexico. Read their artist bios here.

Exhibition Events and Programs
Scroll down to see a list of free events associated with this exhibition, including an exhibition celebration, Poetry Speaks, and a Cartonera Workshop.

Learning Center
Read about the importance of printmaking in Mexico and explore how a woodcut print is made by visiting the Learning Center for Caja de visiones/Box of Visions, in person or online.

MMoCA x Mauricio Ramirez
Learn about mural artist Mauricio Ramirez’s roots as a graffiti artist, and his evolution into an accomplished muralist focusing on community-oriented public art.

Exhibition Support
Presenting Sponsorship for Caja de visiones has been provided by Jan and Bill DeAtley; the Madison Community Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support has been provided by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.

Teaching Pages

Introduce your students to key works of art on view at MMoCA. Teaching pages may be used to prepare for a museum visit or as an ongoing classroom resource.

Bring your students to MMoCA to experience contemporary art first-hand. Learn more about MMoCA’s guided exhibition tours here