The Whitehead Memorial Museum will present “Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries,” an exhibition based on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art’s international exhibition, and organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition will be opening March 1, from 7-9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. The event is free to the public on that day only and starting on March. 2 admission fees will apply.

In Mexico, two civilizations have lived and fought across the land and within the soul of every individual. One civilization is native to the Americas. The other originated in Europe, but now is so firmly ensconced that it has become an elemental part of the Mexican character.

“Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries” presents 3,000 years of Mexican culture and history. Photographs highlight stone sculptures from prehistoric times, liturgical artifacts from Colonial days, 19th-century portraits and landscapes and works on canvas and paper by 20th-century muralists. “Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries” enhances appreciation of the richness and complexity of Mexico and its people.

“The exhibit, as a whole, is nice to see. We’re in a border town and the exhibit introduces us to a culture that is further south of what we’re already aware of,” said Whitehead Museum Director Michael Diaz.

This exhibition is the second part of the Whitehead Memorial Museum’s three-month program titled, “Humanities Texas Exhibition Series: Mexico.” The next exhibition, “Destination Mexico” will be featured in April.

Diaz said it is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Mexico and its people.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call (512) 440 1991.

For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact the Whitehead Memorial Museum at (830) 774 7568.

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