Nacimientos: Traditional Mexican Nativity Scenes

Dec. 8, 2017

Dec. 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am Jan. 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Nacimientos: Traditional Mexican Nativity Scenes presents the custom of Nacimentos that survives in present-day Mexico as a visual amalgam of indigenous pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial representations. On display are handmade nativity scenes from the Museum’s permanent collection that are crafted from a variety of materials. These altars depict not only the customary manger, but a reflection of Mexico’s landscape, such as cacti, turkeys, and market scenes.

Installation Images

Popular Nativity Scene (Mexico City), n.d. Ceramic and plaster of paris, Mexic-Arte Museum Collection, Donated by Edwin R. Jordan. Nacimiento created in 2018 by Mexic-Arte Museum Staff.