Treasures from The Mexican Museum at the Palo Alto Art Center
For those who think it's too far, time-consuming or expensive to get to Mexico, fear not - there are ways to bring Mexico to us. The Palo Alto Art Center will present Treasures from The Mexican Museum: A Spirited Legacy from September 26, 2009 through April 18, 2010. If you've ever heard of The Mexican Museum, maybe you know it's the first and the oldest-operating museum outside of Mexico and the world to exhibit Mexican and Mexican-American art and culture. The collection at The Mexican Museum represents a treasury with a collection of over 12,000 objects spanning thousands of years of art and culture in the Americas.
The Mexican Museum is located in the Mission District for visits any time, and the Palo Alto Center will highlight this particular collection, featuring five focal areas of acquisition: Pre-Conquest (Pre-Hispanic or Pre-Columbian) Art; Art of Colonial Mexico (1521-1821); Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino Art; Arte Popular (Folk or Popular Art,) and Chicano Art over the next six months.
So if you're looking to get inspired, see historical art, or just want to get out of the house, check out the exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center. It's free -- that's also nice.