SAN FRANCISCO, CA — March, 2013—The Mexican Museum proudly presents “An Inspired Gift: The Rex May Collection of Popular Art.” The special exhibition, part of the museum’s permanent collection opens to the public Friday, April 26 and runs through March 16, 2014. Located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, in San Francisco, the museum is open noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

A members’ preview reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 pm. The media is welcome to attend. Visuals are available upon request.

The collection, gifted to the museum in 2001 by Rex May, represents the rich visual colors, sensibilities, spirit and vitality of Mexico and its people. The collection itself is comprised of more than 1,400 culture objects all of which were personally selected by Mr. May, who was an avid collector of Mexican folk art.

The Rex May collection that will be on display includes paintings, wooden sculptures, ceramics, glass and textiles representing the finest in Mexican folk art traditions.

Besides being an avid collector of Mexican popular art, Mr. May is best known for his iconic design of the 49 Mile Drive logo and sign that debuted at the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition and is still used today. He was also the owner of the legendary Christmas Store on Sacramento Street in San Francisco for many years.

“The Rex May Collection of Popular Art represents a major acquisition to The Mexican Museum’s Permanent Collection,” said David J. de la Torre, Director, The Mexican Museum. “We continue to be inspired by the generosity of Rex May and his partner Charles White who, over time, have been major museum supporters. While we’re awaiting the opening of our new building, the museum is excited to show a carefully selected portion of this amazing collection to the general public. The collection underscores the museum’s ongoing commitment to the preservation and exhibition of Mexican folk art traditions.”
About The Mexican Museum
Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience – including art, culture, history and heritage. In 2012 The Mexican Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the nation’s largest museum network. The museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano art. For more information, please visit: or call (415) 202-9700.
The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday from noon to 4 p.m, located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. FREE Admission. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs including, Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish classes for all levels are currently being offered for children and adults. For current class schedules and registration information go to

The Museum is currently preparing for the completion of its permanent home that will be built in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Arts District and is expected to be completed in 2017.