Mexican Museum Reveals Its New Interior Design
September 26, 2014: The new location of the Mexican Museum at 706 Mission St., revealed in this artist’s sketch and pending city approval, will include galleries, rotating exhibitions, an education center, an auditorium and a restaurant.
The Mexican Museum will accompany more than 15,000 pieces of art on four floors celebrating the Latino community when the first permanent home of the Mexican Museum since 1982 opens. Crews are expected to break ground on the new site at 706 Mission St. in spring 2015.
This week, renditions designed by Mexican architect Enrique Norten were revealed showing the interior and exterior of the museum, which will be located on the first four floors of a new 43-story mixed-use Millennium Partners building, along with the first four floors of the adjacent Aronson Building.
The 52,000-square-foot museum — about seven times larger than its current site at Fort Mason — will include a two-story gallery and showcase art previously unable to be displayed due to limited space at Fort Mason, said Andrew Kluger, the Mexican Museum’s board chairman.
“It’s very beautiful,” Kluger said of the future museum space. “It really amplifies our tapestry to the community at large.”
A collection of tapestries and textiles, along with four of the museum’s more than 15 sculptures, are among the works of art unable to be exhibited at Fort Mason.
“We just have so many pieces that now, it will give much more ample space for those to be shown,” Kluger said. “We could have easily a tenfold number of people on a weekly basis.”
With its educational rooms and auditorium, the new museum will also accommodate more school programs.
“We really want to make this an educational space for young children and families as well,” Kluger said.
The $28 million needed for construction has already been raised, and the museum has been finalizing $8 million in grants from The City to build the interior. The museum has also received $5 million for its endowment fund and has been looking to raise another $25 million to help sustain museum operations.
Construction is also set to begin next year on the mixed-use building by Millennium Partners, which will include between 145 and 190 residential units. The project, slated to be completed by 2018, also includes restoring the historic Aronson Building, which will serve as the face of the Mexican Museum.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by condo owners at the nearby Four Seasons seeking to block the project is pending, though a separate, similar case was previously dismissed.
“We’ve been successful in every phase of the project to date,” said PJ Johnston, a spokesman for Millennium Partners. “We’ve already seen one legal challenge dismissed, and we expect to be successful in any litigation that comes our way. We’re maintaining our focus on the work we have ahead.”
Mex I Am Festival: Celebration of A Rich Contemporary Culture in San Francisco
When Isabel Yrigoyen, music curator and associate director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts tells you that “Mex I Am-live it to believe it” is the largest project of its magnitude ever sponsored by the center, she is not spinning you. Starting Thursday, July 31, 2014, YBCA (joined next week by the Contemporary Jewish Museum across Mission Street) will celebrate the classical and popular arts and intellectual ferment of contemporary Mexico in a panoramic manner this city has not witnessed previously.
The project, jointly presented by the Consulate General of Mexico, Conaculta (the Mexican government cultural agency), as well as YBCA, was the inspiration of Andrés Roemer, the dynamic consul general in this city. His intention, says Yrigoyen, was to showcase his nation’s artistic and cultural riches and the spirit of innovation that pervades contemporary Mexico.
YBCA seemed like the perfect space to hold the festival for which the Mexican government has defrayed all artist expenses. “They approached us about the possibility of participating in this project,” said Yrigoyen. “We were offered an unbelievably rich assortment of artists from which to choose.”
The schedule for Mex I Am suggests a desire to expand everyone’s image of the Mexican arts scene. The opening gala covers ballet and opera. First, Mexican-born Elisa Carillo, a soloist at the Berlin Staatsballett, and dancing colleagues Rocio Aléman, Ludovico Pace and Mikhail Kaniskin will perform in works by Marcia Haydée, Mauro Bigonzetti and Uwe Scholz. After intermission, the fine Mexican baritone Alfredo Daza, who sang at theSan Francisco Opera in the 1998-99 seasons and now is a member of the Berlin Staatsoper, will offer arias and songs by Giuseppe Verdi, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Joaquin Turina.
For her part, Yrigoyen booked the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, pairing them with the internationally celebrated jazz pianist Héctor Infanzón. She also initiated an electronic audiovisual collaboration between the composer Murcof and software maven Simon Geilfus. They will appear on the same bill as pop diva Natalia Lafourcade (pictured on the cover). Theater will be represented by an English-language performance of Vicky Araico’s monologue, “Juana in a Million.” Yrigoyen notes that Mex I Am belongs logically in California, which has the largest Latino population in this country.
Mex I Am Festival: Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3, 2014: Check website for full schedule and prices. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F. (415) 978-2787. Read more at SFGate.com
Andrew Kruger, The Mexican Museum Board Chairman, Recognized by the Foreign Ministry of Mexico
The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American and Latino art, culture and heritage, announces that Andrew Kluger, Chairman of the Board of The Mexican Museum, has been honored by the Foreign Ministry of Mexico for his seven years of diplomatic service as Honorary Consul to the State of Hawaii for the Republic of Mexico.
Pictured here: Andrew Kluger, Chairman of the Board of The Mexican Museum and Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores (Secretary of Foreign Affairs).
At the presentation ceremony, which took place in June during a meeting in Mexico City of 108 Honorary Consuls from around the world, Kluger was presented with a special certificate of service by Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), and asked to continue in his capacity as Honorary Consul.
It was during this same trip that Kluger met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to promote The Mexican Museum and inform Peña Nieto and other Mexican government and civic leaders about the Museum’s new building project, the construction of which is slated to begin early 2015. Read more at Yahoo Finance.
July 31 – August 5, 2014: Mex I Am: Live It To Believe It
Book Bank USA, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, Conaculta, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are sponsoring the “Mex I Am: Live It To Believe It” arts, dance, music, ideas and theatre.
This is the first festival of its kind in the Bay Area, showcasing the best performing arts, culture, and ideas from Mexico. This four-day multi-disciplinary festival will feature some of the best Mexican performers from various genres and traditions, as well as presentations from some of the brightest and most influential Mexicans in their fields of expertise around the world.
It includes: Dance Gala with Elisa Carrillo and Opera Gala with Alfredo Daza, July 31, 2014, 7:00pm
Ideas: North and South of the Border, Aug 1, 2014, 5:00pm
Latin Jazz with Héctor Infanzón and Percussion Ensemble Tambuco, Aug 1, 2014, 8:00pm
Vicky Araico: Juana in a Million, Aug 2, 2014, 2:00pm
Music with Natalia Lafourcade and Electronic Art by Murcof + Simon Geilfus (Antivj), Aug 2, 2014, 8:00pm
60 Years of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Aug 3, 2014, 5:00pm
2014 – 2013: The Mexican Museum’s New Home in San Francisco:
Andy Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees, as well as President & Executive Director of Book Bank USA, is helping to spearhead the raising of $63 million to move the Mexican Museum from Fort Mason Center to a new venue in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens arts district.
The new venue will include a retail center, an urban park called Jessie Square, and a hotel/residential tower run by Four Seasons. Once completed, the Mexican Museum will house over 14,000 objects of American, Mexican American and Latino art, including many treasures never before exhibited to the general public.
Mr. Kluger added: “The new facility at Yerba Buena Gardens will provide the much-needed space for the numerous galleries envisioned, all of which will support the narrative of our permanent collection and allow for travelling exhibits from the United States, Mexico and Latin America.” Read more.
Also through the Mexican Museum in 2013 and 2012, Book Bank USA donated funds to support FREE FAMILY Sundays Art and Family Programs.
2014 – 2010: MexicoInSF.com: Book Bank USA has been a major sponsor to MexicoInSF.com, an initiative from the Cultural Affairs Department of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco. Book Bank USA celebrated Mexican Independence Day in San Francisco last October. In its almost three years of existence, Mexico in SF has produced multiple art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, and academic lectures, and is constantly working to bring a little bit of Mexico to San Francisco.
2013: Mexicans In Hawaii: Book Bank USA helped sponsor a meeting on September 24, 2013, in Honolulu to present research released by the Migration Policy Institute about the little-known yet growing Mexican community in Hawai’i. Co-sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai’I at Manoa.
Panelists included: Jeanne Batalova, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Sue P. Haglund, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
The panelists present their research released by the Migration Policy Institute.
2012: Mexico & The Keiki Health Project: BookBank USA provided funding in Ciudad Juarez to educate students about health and promote a love of reading.