Museum Review: Mexic-Arte

Over the past decade, an artist named Lance Aaron has collected artwork that dates three decades before the Mexican Revolution. Some artwork dates back as late as 1892. In 1920, Mexico made its artwork a national priority, causing a lot of artists to begin to collect and print their artwork, knowing that it could hold history of the past. Through this act, Mexico’s history has been passed down from generation to generation.

In this gallery, there are many artists, such as Roberto Montenegro, Alfonso X. Pena, Manuel Gonzalez Serrano, Maria Izquierdo and more. My favorite artwork in this gallery was painted in 1945 by Manuel Gonzalez Serrano and is called “Mexican Woman.” This painting shows a woman sitting on a dead tree trunk in the middle of the jungle. The colors are dark, but not too dark to show depression. The painting, to me, seems as if she is in a place where she feels comfortable to relax.

My second favorite painting was created by Alfonso X. Pena in 1950 and is called “Women from Tehuantepe with Datura flowers”. I like this painting because it shows two women that have pots on their heads that look like they are filled with water. Also, the flowers are organized in a way that reminds me of my father’s garden in the backyard. It also has an equal mixture of both light and dark colors, and it shows the real daily life of Mexican women working. The only thing that I don’t like about this work is the title, but I am not the artist, so it really doesn’t depend on me.

By Samantha Escobar

I have just visited the Mexic-Arte Museum. It is a museum of the Hispanic culture. The theme this month was the Mexican Renaissance. It contained artwork, both paintings and sculptures, from three decades after the revolution of 1910-1920.

They called it the Mexican Renaissance because after the revolution was when art had actually begun to be recognized. The title “Mexican Renaissance” was used to describe the explosion of creativity in ranging from painting and architecture to music, theater and literature.

I thought that it was an okay exhibit. The sculptures didn’t really catch my attention. It was the paintings that I liked more. I really did like the self-portrait of Roberto Montenegro. I really liked this one because it was painted in a manner that really caught my eye. It was painted in a point of view of looking into a mirror. When you look at it, you can see the reflection of the reflection.

The other painting that caught my eye was another Roberto Montenegro painting called <em>Map of Popular Arts in Mexico</em>. This painting is basically what the title says — it’s a map but is filled with color and elaborates designs. What I really thought was cool was along the borders he had painted the zodiac signs. It was just really nice to look at.

Then, of course, there was a female artist; her name is Dolores Velasquez de Cueto. There was this work of art that she made of silk chain stitch tapestry. It wasn’t titled but it was very cultural with animals and the traditional bright colors. It was done in 1923. I just thought that it was very nice to look at. She did another silk chain stitch tapestry called “The Fountain” done in 1923 also. I don’t think that this one as good as the untitled one but it was still pretty. I have noticed that she loves to use bright colors. She usually uses red and yellow; it looks really nice though.

I think if you really like art that you should go and see this museum in Austin, Texas. It is really nice and the pieces are pretty, very traditional and really nice.

By Hiley Escobar

The Aztec and Maya Revival exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum is going on from now until Sept. 16. Check it out and let us know what you think! For more information about this and other exhibits, visit

Latinitas reporters Hiley and Samantha Escobar review the Mexic-Arte Museum exhibition From Revolution to Renaissance.


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