Saturday, April 14, 2018

Story of Mexican art in Chicago is the story of Chicago art

By Steve Johnson
"Arte Diseno Xicano," now showing at National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, includes work by Enrique Alferez, April 10, 2018.
There’s a kind of Zelig quality to the new “Arte Diseno Xicago” exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Its subtitle is “Mexican Inspiration from the World's Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era,” and across those 80 years this eye-opening show intersects with so many key figures in Chicago art and the culture more broadly. There is the gifted young sculptor Enrique Alferez — whose audacious, deco-influenced religious figures dominate the show’s opening gallery; the Moses is particularly striking — shown in a circa 1925 photo seated amid the apprentices working at Lorado Taft’s University of Chicago studio. [More]

National Museum of Mexican Art: ‘Arte Diseno Xicago’ (Through August 19, 2018); 1852 W. 19th St; (312) 738-1503;
Masks and crafts by Maria Enriquez de Allen, now showing at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, as part of "Arte Diseno Xicano," April 10, 2018.