Exhibition Celebration | Opening Reception for Caja de visiones
September 17, 2021
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703
Join us, along with the contemporary artists, for the opening reception of Box of Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art from Mexico in the Midwest or Caja de visiones: arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos.
Listen to the contemporary artists talk about their work in the Main Galleries. There will also be a live music and a cash bar on MMoCA’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden.
Member early access begins at 5 PM. General access runs from 6–8 PM. Masks are required for this event.
About the Exhibition
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 Angelica Contreras, J. Leigh Garcia, Wence Martinez and his partner Sandra Martinez, Roberto Torres Mata, and Mauricio Ramirez reveal undeniable and impactful connections to the modern art of Mexico.
Artwork: Angelica Contreras. Oaxaqueña, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.