A website to document the creation of a Digital Portal to make almost two centuries of art from Mexican America searchable and digitally accessible

Creando Raices/
Creating Rhizomes

With the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (1848), some 80,000 residents living in the former Mexican territories became citizens of the United States. Over the subsequent 170 years, Mexican American artists have created a rich array of artistic forms, from murals to carved wood sculptures and cut-paper art, installations and new media. It is therefore not surprising that Mexican American art aligns with categories, genres, styles, and practices outlined by canonic American art history.
Nevertheless, this connection is not without paradox. While uncompromisingly voicing its American identity, Mexican American art and artists simultaneously continue to lay claim to influences from Spain, Mexico, and the indigenous populations of North America. In so doing, they both critique and problematize traditional definitions of American art and, by extension, what it means to be “American.”

Rhizomes Meetings

Chicago - June 2019

Technology specialists from the University of Minnesota traveled to Chicago to work with members of the National Museum of Mexican Art to develop protocols for larger institutions to partner with smaller institutions to create Rhizomes.

Search Strategies and Metadata Schema
Minneapolis - October 2019

The National Advisory Council and UMN Team worked together to determine culturally-informed search strategies for the Rhizomes digital portal. Their goal is to provide appropriate scope, relevant content, and to enable users to locate objects across an array of digital collections.