For Immediate Release
Leading Mexican consultancy to develop programs and exhibition spaces for new museum facility
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 13, 2016 – The Mexican Museum, the premier museum of Mexican, Chicano and Latin American art, culture and heritage, announces that it has contracted Sari Bermúdez and Estudio Museográfico Oinos Dionysos SA de CV (Estudio Museográfico) to serve as an Independent Consultant for Curatorial Programming and Exhibit Design. Per the terms of the one-year contract, Bermúdez will work with The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees and staff to assess the museum's current permanent collections and evaluate future acquisitions, donations, and loans. Furthermore, she will develop programs and exhibition spaces for the new, approximately 52,000-square-foot facility at 706 Mission Street in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District.
Based in Mexico City, Bermúdez is a professional art consultant for modern and contemporary Latin American art collections, and has more than 35 years of experience in developing and promoting cultural projects around the world. She is a former president of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts, where she served from 2000-2006. During her tenure, Bermúdez was responsible for bringing to Mexico some the world's most renowned art exhibits, and for showcasing to international audiences some of Mexico's finest modern and contemporary art and ancient cultural treasures.
In addition to assisting The Mexican Museum, Bermúdez currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Mexico's National Public Library, Biblioteca Vasconcelos. She is also an active member of the Women's Leadership Board, Faculty of Women and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
"The unparalleled knowledge and experience that Sari and Estudio Museográfico bring to bear will benefit us greatly as we proceed with our next phase of development: maximizing the museum's exhibits, programs, and collections for the benefit of the multicultural communities we represent and the magnificent city in which we reside," said Andrew M. Kluger, Chairman of the Board of The Mexican Museum. "This partnership also represents a bridge of unity between the United States and Mexico, where we are connected by a mutual vision for the future home of The Mexican Museum and the value it will bring to a global audience."
"I am honored to work with Andrew and his team as we prepare The Mexican Museum to expand and transition its incomparable programs and collections to the new signature facility in 2019," said Bermúdez. "The Mexican Museum will not only be a world-class institution, but also an architectural jewel designed by Mexico's world-renowned architect, Enrique Norten, principal of TEN Arquitectos. We are privileged to be working with TEN Arquitectos and to play a part in such a significant endeavor."
About Estudio Museográfico: Estudio Museográfico is a museum planning and design firm made up of a multidisciplinary team of experts in the fields of art history, museography, conservation, collections curatorship, graphic design, print design, multimedia, and more. The firm works under the most prestigious architects to provide highest-quality concept development and design solutions that create engaging environments and memorable experiences in museums. El Pabellón de México in Shanghai, China, and El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, are just two of the many projects developed by the firm. For more information, please visit: Estudio Museográfico Oinos Dionysos SA de CV.
About The Mexican Museum: Founded by the well-known San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at the Fort Mason Center. It is the realization of his vision to present the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum's vision has expanded to include the full scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino experience – including the arts, history, and heritage of their respective cultures.
In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The Museum joins over 200 organizations in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama that are in association with the Smithsonian. The Mexican Museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 16,500 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Chicano and Latin American art.
The Mexican Museum, open Thursday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., is located at the Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. Admission is FREE. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures, and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit: http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.
The Mexican Museum has begun construction of its permanent home in the heart of the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District, which is expected to open in 2019. People are encouraged to support The Mexican Museum by becoming new members, or by joining the Builder's Society online or by mailing a check to: The Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D, San Francisco, CA 94123. For more information on the Builder's Society, please contact Edgar De Sola at (415) 202-9700 ext. 225.