The Mexican Museum, announces that the Museum, in conjunction with Millennium Partners, is working with Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc. to conduct a community-oriented design process that will result in a mural that will grace the barricade fence at the 706 Mission St. construction site.
This will be the new home of The Mexican Museum and Millennium Partners’ Residential Tower in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District. The Mexican Museum is the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American and Latino art, culture and heritage.
“Our new museum facility is joining a renowned, richly diverse community of well-established museums, institutions, and businesses in the Yerba Buena Garden Arts District,” said Alfredo Pedroza, member of The Mexican Museum’s Board of Trustees and director of the mural project. “Launching a community-oriented design process for the mural planned for the construction barrier is a dynamic way of engaging local stakeholders, as well as our new neighbors in the future Millennium Tower.”
“As a partner in this project, we want to create an interesting public environment, promote the new home of The Mexican Museum and build excitement as we get closer,” said Sean Jeffries, Vice President of Millennium Partners. “Visitors and residents alike will have a visually compelling point of reference as the construction of the Museum’s home takes shape.”
Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc., led by founding director Susan Cervantes, will oversee the design process for the mural, whose purpose is to artistically announce The Mexican Museum’s future home. According Cervantes, first steps in the process involve convening local community organizations and Museum stakeholders throughout the Mission District.
“Our design process will include input from such leading organizations including Galeria de La Raza, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and some of the schools in the Mission District and around the Yerba Buena Gardens area,” said Cervantes. “We also look forward to partnering on the mural design with such important institutions including St. Patrick Church, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.”
“On behalf of The Mexican Museum and our esteemed associates at Millennium Partners, we are very excited about the prospect of using art to announce that the Museum is moving to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District,” said Andrew M. Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees. “This new mural will not only tell Bay Area residents and visitors to the area that ‘The Mexican Museum is Coming Soon,’ but it will also enable us to build closer ties to local communities and institutions while enhancing the construction area.”
Groundbreaking for the new home of The Mexican Museum is currently slated for early 2015, with the new facility expected to open in 2018. During construction The Mexican Museum will remain open at its current location at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. For more information, please visit http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.