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Monday, May 14, 2012

Linda Santana's Graduate Research in Mexico City (Part 3)

Chapel of San Francisco Javier in Tepozotlán, Mexico.  Zona Maco 2012 Contemporary Art Fair, Banamex Event Center.  Museo Nacional de la Estampa, works by Lubok- a German contemporary print collective.

Mexico City, Week 3 (April 17 to  April 23, 2012)  
During this last week in Mexico I visited: Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Museo Franz Mayer, Museo Nacional del Virreinato, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair, and went back to UAEM in Toluca. By the beginning of this week, I started to feel like a local.
I was helping some of the other hotel guests with directions, sites to visit and recommending restaurants.

One of the major highlights of this week was visiting the National Museum of Viceregal (or Viceroyal) Art in the small town of Tepozotlán, about two hours north of Mexico City.  It’s quite an ordeal to get there, but the museum and the Chapel of San Francisco Javier is an absolutely breathtaking baroque masterpiece.

I also returned to Toluca and stopped at UAEM to reconnect with the professor I worked with and the printmaking students.  On Friday, I went with several people from UAEM to Mexico City to attend the annual art fair Zona Maco, the largest, most anticipated and prestigious in the country.  Galleries, artists and representatives of publications from all around the world came together at the Banamex event center in Polanco.  The event lasted the entire weekend; there was so much to see I wish I could have gone all three days.  After being immersed in pre-Columbian, colonial and modern art, it was refreshing to see the happenings in the contemporary art circuit.

 It is difficult to believe that my time in Mexico is over; I’m enamored with the culture, the history and the people.  Mexico is an enchanting place and this has been a truly life-changing experience.  I am so grateful to have had this incredible opportunity to enrich my graduate studies and to form a deeper connection with my cultural heritage.

This trip would not have been possible without the tremendous guidance and support from: UNT-UAEM Academic Liaison Office, UAEM Facultad de Artes, UNT Provost’s Office, UNT Study Abroad Office, College of Visual Arts and Design Dean’s Office, UNT Studio Office, and Art History and Studio Art faculty and administration.