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Mexican Museum celebrates more than anniversary

Mexican Museum celebrates more than anniversary

En la fotografía el artista Pedro Cervantes y Ann Rockefeller Roberts

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It was no coincidence the Mexican Museum celebrated its 35th anniversary, first-ever gala and new Director Jonathan Yorba at the Four Seasons on Saturday.

Saturday also marked the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence and the exact date that artist Peter Rodriguez first founded this museum dedicated to Mexican, Chicano, pre-Columbian and folk art that currently resides in Fort Mason Center.

In between a long roster of speakers, emceed by Fabiola Kramsky Gascon and trustees Nora Wagner and Wells Fargo Foundation’s V. Mario Diaz, shouts of “Sí, se puede!” (“Yes, we can”) and “Adelante!” (“Forward!”) repeatedly rang out around the ballroom.

Williams and his wife were recognized for donating their Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias collection to the museum. It joins the Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection of Mexican Folk Art previously donated by museum trustee and El Angel co-honoree Ann Rockefeller Roberts.

Pedro Cervantes, the Picasso of Mexico, was also heralded for gifting the museum’s new space with one of his highly prized sculptural works.

In fact, about 12,000 artworks await display in the museum’s planned new quarters at 706 Mission St. It took way more than a village to achieve this long, costly and oft-contentious objective.

“We didn’t have heavy-hitting check writers,” joked Da Mayor Willie Brown, under whose watch the city allocated $22 mil toward the museum’s goal. “But we have excellent public servants dedicated to supporting all of our ethnic museums here in the Yerba Buena Arts district.”

Joining the chorus were guests including Mexican Consul General Carlos Corona Felix; muralist Diego Rivera’s daughter, Guadalupe Rivera; SFPD Chief George Gascón; S.F. Redevelopment Agency Director Fred Blackwell; Xavier Cervantes and two tables of extended Pedro Cervantes family members; gallerist Martin Muller; Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos; Retirement Board Commissioner Victor Makras; Frank Fernandez; and Carmen Flores. The San Antonio Museum of Art’s Marion Oettinger was the guest speaker.

“There are two words that capture the revolution: ‘resilience’ and ‘affirmation,’ ” said Thomas Williams, who, with his wife, Adrianna, was one of the gala’s El Angel honorees. “At the center of the revolution were the country’s artists, writers and musicians who created a new Mexico, like we are creating this new museum.”


November 24, 2010|By Catherine Bigelow

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