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Caja de visiones: arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos

September 18, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Overview

WHERE: Main Galleries (2nd Floor)

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.

Contemporary Artwork

geometric painting of a man wearing a head dress
Mauricio Ramirez. Antiguo, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.
screenprint illustrating a U.S. Border Patrol truck combing the dirt or sand for footprints
J. Leigh Garcia, Vigilantes, 2018. Serigrafía sobre papel / screen print on paper, 356 x 508 mm / 14 x 20 in. Cortesía de la artista / Courtesy of the artist⁠.
mixed media on a round canvas depicting a woman whose head is partially covered with flowers
Angelica Contreras. Oaxaqueña, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.
screenprint and lithograph on paper depicting the Virgin Mary, a pair of eyes, and other figures hovering over a desert with cactus and mountains
Roberto Torres Mata. Migración de aves / Bird Migration, 2020. Serigrafía y litografía sobre papel / Screen print and lithograph on paper. 22 1/4” x 15 1/4”. Cortesía del artista / Courtesy of the artist.
dyed textile piece with geometric design
Wence Martinez, Alas Indigo, 2019. Hand-spun Oaxacan Churro wool dyed by the artist using indigo, cochineal, pomegranate and aniline dyes. Natural cream, tan, grey, and black, 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

MMoCA x Mauricio Ramirez

Artwork

¿Donde? / Where?. Artist: Emilio Amero. Date: 1950. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

¿Donde? / Where?

1950

Emilio Amero

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Mujer con rebozo / Woman with Rebozo. Artist: Emilio Amero. Date: 1938. Medium: litografía en color sobre papel / color lithograph on paper.

Mujer con rebozo / Woman with Rebozo

1938

Emilio Amero

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Chanuck. Artist: Raúl Anguiano. Date: 1951. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Chanuck

1951

Raúl Anguiano

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El árbol y las montañas / Tree and Mountains. Artist: Dr.  Atl (Gerardo Murillo). Date: 1940s. Medium: esténcil sobre papel / stencil on paper.

El árbol y las montañas / Tree and Mountains

1940s

Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo)

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Panascos. Artist: Dr.  Atl (Gerardo Murillo). Date: undated / sin fecha. Medium: esténcil sobre papel / stencil on paper.

Panascos

undated / sin fecha

Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo)

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Camino de Coamitl (región huichol, estado de Nayarit) / Road to Coamitl (Huichol Region, State of Nayarit), from Mexican People. Artist: Ángel Bracho. Date: 1946. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Camino de Coamitl (región huichol, estado de Nayarit) / Road to Coamitl (Huichol Region, State of Nayarit), from Mexican People

1946

Ángel Bracho

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Caja de visiones / Box of Visions. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1938, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Caja de visiones / Box of Visions

1938, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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Señor de Papantla / Man from Papantla. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1934-35, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Señor de Papantla / Man from Papantla

1934-35, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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Dos pares de piernas / Two Pairs of Legs. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1928-29, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Dos pares de piernas / Two Pairs of Legs

1928-29, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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Retrato de lo eterno / Portrait of the Eternal. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1935, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Retrato de lo eterno / Portrait of the Eternal

1935, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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La mujer del rebozo rojo / Woman with Red Shawl. Artist: Celia Calderón. Date: 1953. Medium: litografía en color sobre papel / color lithograph on paper.

La mujer del rebozo rojo / Woman with Red Shawl

1953

Celia Calderón

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La cirugía casera / Home Surgery. Artist: Julio Castellanos. Date: 1935. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

La cirugía casera / Home Surgery

1935

Julio Castellanos

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Candelabro (Oaxaca). Artist: Vita Castro. Date: sin fecha / undated. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

Candelabro (Oaxaca)

sin fecha / undated

Vita Castro

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Trabajando con Ixtle (Valle de Mezquital, estado de Hidalgo) / Working with Ixtle (Valle de Mezquital, State of Hidalgo), from Mexican People. Artist: Fernando Castro Pacheco. Date: 1946. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Trabajando con Ixtle (Valle de Mezquital, estado de Hidalgo) / Working with Ixtle (Valle de Mezquital, State of Hidalgo), from Mexican People

1946

Fernando Castro Pacheco

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La madre / The Mother. Artist: Fernando Castro Pacheco. Date: 1949. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

La madre / The Mother

1949

Fernando Castro Pacheco

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Procesión en Chalma / Procession at Chalma. Artist: Jean Charlot. Date: 1947. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Procesión en Chalma / Procession at Chalma

1947

Jean Charlot

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Alborada / Dawn. Artist: José Chávez Morado. Date: 1939. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Alborada / Dawn

1939

José Chávez Morado

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Nahual en acecho / Nahual Lying in Wait. Artist: José Chávez Morado. Date: 1949. Medium: gouache y acuarela sobre papel / gouache and watercolor on paper.

Nahual en acecho / Nahual Lying in Wait

1949

José Chávez Morado

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Corona de hierros / Crown of Iron. Artist: José Chávez Morado. Date: 1949. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Corona de hierros / Crown of Iron

1949

José Chávez Morado

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Tehuanas. Artist: Erasto Cortés Juárez. Date: 1945. Medium: gouache sobre papel / gouache on paper.

Tehuanas

1945

Erasto Cortés Juárez

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Río Tehuantepec / Tehuantepec River. Artist: Miguel Covarrubias. Date: 1945. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Río Tehuantepec / Tehuantepec River

1945

Miguel Covarrubias

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India de Oaxaca / An Indian Girl from Oaxaca. Artist: Lola Cueto. Date: 1938. Medium: mezzotinta sobre papel / mezzotint on paper.

India de Oaxaca / An Indian Girl from Oaxaca

1938

Lola Cueto

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Mujer campesina / Peasant Woman. Artist: Francisco Dosamantes. Date: 1939. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Mujer campesina / Peasant Woman

1939

Francisco Dosamantes

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Tres yayaltecas / Three Yayaltecan Women. Artist: Francisco Dosamantes. Date: 1946. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Tres yayaltecas / Three Yayaltecan Women

1946

Francisco Dosamantes

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Destrucción de la cultura (Guerra) / Destruction of Culture (War). Artist: Francisco Dosamantes. Date: 1939. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Destrucción de la cultura (Guerra) / Destruction of Culture (War)

1939

Francisco Dosamantes

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Paisaje de Tacubaya / Tacubaya Landscape. Artist: Manuel Echauri. Date: 1939. Medium: gouache sobre papel / gouache on paper.

Paisaje de Tacubaya / Tacubaya Landscape

1939

Manuel Echauri

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La sombra / The Shadow. Artist: Jesús Escobedo. Date: 1939. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

La sombra / The Shadow

1939

Jesús Escobedo

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Mujer sentada / Seated Woman. Artist: Jesús Guerrero Galván. Date: 1951. Medium: grafito sobre papel / graphite on paper.

Mujer sentada / Seated Woman

1951

Jesús Guerrero Galván

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Niño sentado son juguete / Seated Child with Toy. Artist: Jesús Guerrero Galván. Date: 1946. Medium: óleo sobre tela / oil on canvas.

Niño sentado son juguete / Seated Child with Toy

1946

Jesús Guerrero Galván

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Pitahayas. Artist: Frida Kahlo. Date: 1938. Medium: óleo sobre aluminio / oil on aluminum.

Pitahayas

1938

Frida Kahlo

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Hilandera / Spinner. Artist: Guillermo Meza. Date: 1952. Medium: tinta sobre papel / ink on paper.

Hilandera / Spinner

1952

Guillermo Meza

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Figura / FIgure. Artist: Guillermo Meza. Date: 1951. Medium: tinta sobre papel / ink on paper.

Figura / FIgure

1951

Guillermo Meza

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Bailarina en reposo / Dancer Resting. Artist: Roberto Montenegro. Date: 1930s. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Bailarina en reposo / Dancer Resting

1930s

Roberto Montenegro

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Gruta / Grotto. Artist: Roberto Montenegro. Date: 1954. Medium: gouache y acuarela con grafito sobre papel / gouache and watercolor with graphite on paper.

Gruta / Grotto

1954

Roberto Montenegro

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Pequeña maestra, ¡qué inmensa es su voluntad! / Little School Teacher, How Great is Your Will!, from Río Escondido. Artist: Leopoldo Méndez. Date: 1948. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

Pequeña maestra, ¡qué inmensa es su voluntad! / Little School Teacher, How Great is Your Will!, from Río Escondido

1948

Leopoldo Méndez

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Deportación a la muerte / Deportation to Death. Artist: Leopoldo Méndez. Date: 1942. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

Deportación a la muerte / Deportation to Death

1942

Leopoldo Méndez

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El mercado (Cuautla, estado de Morelos) / The Market (Cuautla, State of Morelos), from Mexican People. Artist: Pablo O’Higgins. Date: 1946. Medium: litografia en color sobre papel / color lithograph on paper.

El mercado (Cuautla, estado de Morelos) / The Market (Cuautla, State of Morelos), from Mexican People

1946

Pablo O’Higgins

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Alfarero (distrito de Chanenetla, Puebla, estado de Puebla) / Pottery Maker (Chanenetla District, Puebla, State of Puebla), from Mexican People. Artist: Isidoro Ocampo. Date: 1946. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Alfarero (distrito de Chanenetla, Puebla, estado de Puebla) / Pottery Maker (Chanenetla District, Puebla, State of Puebla), from Mexican People

1946

Isidoro Ocampo

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Retrato de Gabriela / Portrait of Gabriela. Artist: Carlos  Orozco Romero. Date: 1934. Medium: aguafuerte sobre papel / etching on paper.

Retrato de Gabriela / Portrait of Gabriela

1934

Carlos Orozco Romero

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Inditos / Indians. Artist: José Clemente  Orozco. Date: 1929. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Inditos / Indians

1929

José Clemente Orozco

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La retaguardia / Rear Guard. Artist: José Clemente  Orozco. Date: 1929. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

La retaguardia / Rear Guard

1929

José Clemente Orozco

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Réquiem / Requiem. Artist: José Clemente  Orozco. Date: 1928. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Réquiem / Requiem

1928

José Clemente Orozco

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Dos fanáticos (Ripalda) / Two Fanatics (Ripalda). Artist: Gonzalo de la Paz Pérez. Date: c. 1935. Medium: grabado en madera a fibra sobre papel / woodcut on paper.

Dos fanáticos (Ripalda) / Two Fanatics (Ripalda)

c. 1935

Gonzalo de la Paz Pérez

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La locomotora (portada de librete de canciones) / The Locomotive (songbook cover). Artist: José Guadalupe Posada. Date: 1890s (20th-century restrike). Medium: grabado en relieve de metal sobre papel / metal-plate relief print on paper.

La locomotora (portada de librete de canciones) / The Locomotive (songbook cover)

1890s (20th-century restrike)

José Guadalupe Posada

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Los siete vicios capitales / The Seven Deadly Sins. Artist: José Guadalupe Posada. Date: c. 1900 (20th-century restrike). Medium: grabado en relieve de metal sobre papel / metal-plate relief print on paper.

Los siete vicios capitales / The Seven Deadly Sins

c. 1900 (20th-century restrike)

José Guadalupe Posada

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En el Mezquital / In the Mezquital. Artist: Fanny Rabel. Date: 1954. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

En el Mezquital / In the Mezquital

1954

Fanny Rabel

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Escuela al aire libre / Open Air School. Artist: Diego Rivera. Date: 1932. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Escuela al aire libre / Open Air School

1932

Diego Rivera

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Niño y perro / Boy and Dog. Artist: Diego Rivera. Date: 1932. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Niño y perro / Boy and Dog

1932

Diego Rivera

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Desnudo con pelo largo (Dolores Olmedo) / Nude with Long Hair (Dolores Olmedo). Artist: Diego Rivera. Date: 1930. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Desnudo con pelo largo (Dolores Olmedo) / Nude with Long Hair (Dolores Olmedo)

1930

Diego Rivera

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Autorretrato / Self-Portrait. Artist: Diego Rivera. Date: 1930. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Autorretrato / Self-Portrait

1930

Diego Rivera

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Retrato de Moisés Sáenz / Portrait of Moisés Sáenz. Artist: David Alfaro Siqueiros. Date: 1931. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Retrato de Moisés Sáenz / Portrait of Moisés Sáenz

1931

David Alfaro Siqueiros

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Cabeza II (Pesar) / Head II (Grief). Artist: Rufino Tamayo. Date: c. 1926-28. Medium: grabado en madera a fibra sobre papel / woodcut on paper.

Cabeza II (Pesar) / Head II (Grief)

c. 1926-28

Rufino Tamayo

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Hombre con maguey / Man with Maguey. Artist: Rufino Tamayo. Date: c. 1926-30. Medium: grabado en linóleo o grabado de madera a fibra sobre papel / linocut or woodcut on paper.

Hombre con maguey / Man with Maguey

c. 1926-30

Rufino Tamayo

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Inspiración / Inspiration. Artist: José Moreno Villa. Date: 1937. Medium: grafumo on paper / grafumo sobre papel.

Inspiración / Inspiration

1937

José Moreno Villa

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Autorretrato / Self-Portrait. Artist: Pancho Vásquez. Date: 1947. Medium: aguafuerte y aguatinta sobre papel / etching and aquatint on paper.

Autorretrato / Self-Portrait

1947

Pancho Vásquez

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Aserradores (Ciudad del Carmen, estado de Campeche) / Lumber Workers (Ciudad del Carmen, State of Campeche), from Mexican People. Artist: Alfredo Zalce. Date: 1946. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Aserradores (Ciudad del Carmen, estado de Campeche) / Lumber Workers (Ciudad del Carmen, State of Campeche), from Mexican People

1946

Alfredo Zalce

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Bordadora tehuana / Tehuana Embroiderer. Artist: Ángel Zamarripa. Date: sin fecha / undated. Medium: grabado en linóleo sobre papel / linocut on paper.

Bordadora tehuana / Tehuana Embroiderer

sin fecha / undated

Ángel Zamarripa

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Peregrinos (Regresando al cerro) / Pilgrims (Return to the Mount). Artist: Abelardo Ávila. Date: 1940. Medium: grabado en madera de pie sobre papel / wood engraving on paper.

Peregrinos (Regresando al cerro) / Pilgrims (Return to the Mount)

1940

Abelardo Ávila

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two people looking artwork on the wall
Photo by Carol Casimir.

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.