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A Mexican Museum of Modern Art: A Project
by Franco Mondini-Ruiz


To continue exploring the themes raised by Mexicana, we encourage visitors to also see the companion contemporary art exhibition, A Mexican Museum of Modern Art: A Project by Franco Mondini-Ruiz, on view until June 30, 2007 at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art located nearby at 591 Broad Street in Newark’s Downtown/Arts District.

Acclaimed contemporary artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz reflects on a time when Americans both admired and distorted Mexican culture. In a humorous twist, Mondini-Ruiz invited piñata makers in San Antonio, Texas, to interpret masterpieces of modern and contemporary art—from Mondrian to Warhol—which he provocatively displays in this site-specific

A 2004-5 recipient of The Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Franco Mondini-Ruiz has exhibited widely at institutions like The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Arts Center, El Museo del Barrio, and The Fowler Museum. A Mexican Museum of Modern Art is Mondini-Ruiz’s New Jersey premiere and is the result of a collaboration between the Newark Museum and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art.

To read an interview with the artist, please click here.





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Eduardo Alonso and Alfonso Alonso, Jarabe Michoacána, circa 1930s, lacquered wood, Gift of Mrs. Charles Suydan Cutting 48.329 Collection of Newark Museum


Eduardo Alonso and Alfonso Alonso, Tray, late 19th to early 20th century, Michoacán, Mexico, lacquered wood, Gift of Mrs. E. J. Eurich 19.573 Collection of Newark Museum


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