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Touring Exhibit Heads to West Chicago City Museum

One of many compelling images on loan from the
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago to be
 featured at upcoming West Chicago exhibit.

WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - September 25, 2006 - A touring exhibit titled Mexicans in Chicago: Photographic Footprints will be heading to West Chicago's City Museum on October 14, 2006. The visual arts exhibit on Mexican immigration is on loan from the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, the largest Latino cultural institution in the country.

The exhibit was created to celebrate the grand opening of the MFACM's building expansion in 2001. Requests for the exhibit have become so frequent, the MFACM has created a duplicate traveling version that tours schools, museums and libraries throughout the state.

The exhibit is based on the book Mexican Chicago (Arcadia Publishing, 2001), written by MFACM founder Carlos Tortolero and Golden Apple Teacher Rita Jirasek. Photo essays depict three major themes, Community, Family Life, and the Road to Chicago, and reflect 100 years of Mexican immigration in Chicago.

Sponsored by Midwest Generation, an independent power producer based in Chicago, and the Illinois Humanities Council, Mexicans in Chicago is part of a five-stop tour that includes Blue Island, Rockford, Aurora, Joliet and West Chicago.

The West Chicago City Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. As always, admission is free. Mexicans in Chicago will run through December 2, 2006. For more information, contact the City Museum at (630) 231-3376.