Placemaking & Landmarks - The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen)

Placemaking & Landmarks - The Creation of Mexican Spaces in La Dieciocho (Pilsen) 

August 29, 2017 – April 29, 2018 in the Chicago Gallery

The exhibition examines the advent and development of places and structures within the Mexican-Chicago community. Crossing a land border connected by rail lines, the Mexican workforce that started arriving in Chicago during the end of the 19th century has been one of the city’s only ethnic groups not compelled to promptly abandon their native customs. As the Mexican population increased during the 20th century, this city of neighborhoods gradually adapted and transformed in a distinctive way. Placemaking & Landmarks takes a glimpse into some of the ways in which Mexicans made La Dieciocho (Pilsen) their home.

Esta exhibición examina el inicio y desarrollo de lugares y estructuras dentro de la comunidad mexicana en Chicago. La mano de obra mexicana que empezó a llegar a Chicago a finales del siglo XIX cruzando las fronteras terrestres conectadas por las vías del ferrocarril, ha sido el único grupo étnico en la ciudad que no ha sido obligado a abandonar sus costumbres nativas al cruzarlas. A medida que la población mexicana creció durante el siglo XX, esta ciudad de vecindarios, gradualmente se adaptó y transformó de una forma distintiva. Placemaking & Landmarks echa un vistazo a las formas en que los mexicanos convirtieron La Dieciocho (Pilsen) en su hogar. 

Curated by Cesáreo Moreno

Join us on Saturday, October 21st at the National Museum of Mexican Art for programming in celebration of our Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition, Placemaking & Landmarks - The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen)

Running Street Art Tour / Re-corriendo el barrio

Bring your running shoes and enjoy a public art tour around Pilsen with Miguel ‘Kane One’Aguilar. Intended for all levels of runners.

Where: Meet in the Museum lobby at 10am

Words in the Gallery

Join us in the Museum’s Chicago Gallery where Cesareo Moreno, curator of Placemaking & Landmarks - The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen) will talk about the exhibition. He will be joined by poets Victoria Chávez Peralta and José Olivarez who will share poetry inspired by the exhibition.

Programming is supported by the Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Poetry Foundation

Where: Meet in the Chicago Gallery at 11:00am

Image:  Joel Rendón (b.1967), Chicago, 1994, woodcut 4/25, NMMA Permanent Collection, 1994.38 B, Gift of the artist. Photo Michael Tropea

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The Chicago Park District

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 to Sunday, January 28, 2018