by Tio Gringo
January 7, 2003
Special exhibits are often
worth seeking out. While some recent exhibits have featured contemporary European artists, I think the current series is far more indicative of the museum's Latin focus.
The current exhibit is part two of a three-part series on the grand masters of early-20th-century Mexican art and includes world-renown masters like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo, Juan O'Gorman and, my favorite, Jose Clemente Orozco. All of these were powerful visionaries with thoughts of revolution and class struggles and civil justice. It's pretty heady stuff, especially when combined with vibrant colors and images to create enormously powerful messages.
The museum also includes an upscale restaurant and an excellent gift shop with an enormous range of art books from around the world.
Parking is occasionally available on the street and always available in the paying parking lot on the Constitucion side of the building. Unknown to many visitors, however, there is a FREE parking lot in an underground garage at the back of the museum via Dr. Coss.