This was my fourth day in Guadalajara. meli and I walked over to the Museo de las Artes de Universidad de Guadalajara, which is in one of the older university buildings.

The first room is an auditorium with murals by José Clemente Orozco – El hombre creador y rebelde y El pueblo y sus falsos líderes.

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A room upstairs had the drawings that Orozco made for the mural. It was interesting to see the process and see, for instance, a two-headed man become a five-headed man.

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Across from that room, I was surprised to be in the balcony of the auditorium and have a better view of the murals.

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Metafísico was a video installation of Orozco’s murals that you could experience sitting, standing, or lying on the floor.

Another exhibit was Rafael Coronel’s Alegoría de la razón. Here we were invited to be part of the fantasy by dressing up as wizards. Coronel combines the styles of different artists to create his vision of the human figure.

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Sin más que decir by “Juan Bastardo” (Juan Eduardo Mendoza Ramírez) is an explosion of color and examples of how color is used.

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The third event of my second day in Mexico with my friend meli, a cultural anthropologist doing her research in Mexico and based in Guadalajara. We visited Museum Cabañas in Hospicio Cabañas. The museum is best known for the murals by José Clemente Orozco. To read about the rest of my trip, go here.

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The building originally provided care and shelter to underprivileged children and the poor. It is another colonial-era building in the neoclassical style. There are 23 different sized courtyards inside. Bishop Juan Cruz Ruíz de Cabañas y Crespo opened the House of Charity and Mercy in 1810. It also served as a military barracks on and off and then was an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity. Orozco painted the inside of the main chapel in 1937 at the invitation of the State of Jalisco. In 1980, the building became an art institute/museum (Instituto Cultural Cabañas).

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The murals depict two important periods in modern Mexican history – the Conquest and the Revolution in addition to homages to the Bishop and the Sisters.

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An interesting fact: Orozco lost his left hand when he was 21 years old.

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The two-headed horse, which was part of the murals, is one of the pieces in the children’s section of the museum, where you can play around with different parts of the murals.

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Other rooms house art by artists both old and new.

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And the best piece in there (other than the murals):

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There were more courtyards and more artwork but this is the point where my phone battery died and I could not take any more photos. The building alone is worth a visit. The art is icing on the cake.

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Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco: Teatro Degollado: Guadalajara, Mexico 17 June 2018

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