Past Exhibitions


Penitents: World End Ritauls of Faith

Guy Veloso’s images capture a moment in time where faith, consciousness, and cuerpo become one through ritual.  The photographic documentation of the rituals disrupts our contemporary urban reality, summoning another more ancient reality to action, at the world’s end.  As we experience Veloso’s reality, we become penitents albeit from different hemispheres.

– Maruca Salazar, Curator

Tornaviaje/ The Return Route

In 1565, following the currents of the winds, Spanish galleons sailed across the Pacfic Ocen from the por of Acapulco in Mexico to Manila in the Philippines in search of goods and spices, unaware of the everlasting cultural consequences that would bind us forever.

– Maruca Salazar, Curator



“Museo is proud to present its permanent collection of weavings to demonstrate the importance that these traditions played in the lives of the people who created them.

These weaving traditions occupy a special place in indigenous cultures, and they play an important role in the social, artistic, and religious life of their communities.

Legends, symbols, and clan recognition are woven into the textiles to convey messages for future generations.

This legacy is being embraced by contemporary designers who look for secrets in the ‘grecas’ to explain their timeless aesthetic appeal and mystery.”

~ Maruca Salazar, Curator


Viaje Al Hilo is a collection of 7 carpets designed by Marisol Centeno of Bi Yuu and co-curated by Ana Maria Sanchez. It is presented at Museo de las Americas thanks to the support and collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Denver, the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver, and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. These contemporary works of art are created by hand, in Mexico, in the traditional weaving style of the native Oaxacan people. The pieces are given their beautiful designs using natural dyes: Cochineal, Indigo, Marush, Walnut, Pericón, and Pomegranate. Visitors of the exhibit will experience the traditional dyes and wool in their raw form and learn about the pedal loom used to create these beautiful masterpieces.

“An appreciation of the complex fusion of traditional textile principles with everyday contemporary life, revealed through the recreation of atmosphere, landscapes, environments, and materials.”

– Designer Marisol Centeno



“Edgar Flores (Saner) uses everyday life as the stage to introduce his magic beings full of energy and mischief, always concealing their identity, resisting the conservative mind. Those creatures represent the ideals and aspirations of people straggling for survival. This exhibit celebrates the spirit of our community, our culture, our love for life and the power to resist the taming of our ancient spirit.”

~ Maruca Salazar, Curator

During this revolutionary exhibit’s run at Museo, up and coming artist Saner was featured in a New York Times Article


 “The Collective Sin Huellas has taken custody of this museum and has entrapped you, the viewer. You will be forced to experience conditions thousands of detainees endure everyday. Chain link fences, razor wires, and cameras alert your instincts of your captivity.The installations challenge viewers to contemplate the consequences of broken immigration policies, and to experience the subhuman conditions that prevail in detention facilities across the country and the world. Detention Nation is a Call to Action in solidarity of all unjustly incarcerated!”

-Maruca Salazar, Curator

Detention Nation received extensive media attention for the provocative conversation about immigration issues it raised. See one 9 news clip HERE.


Jerry De La Cruz: A Road Well Traveled

“When I think of Jerry De La Cruz, I picture an artist that has an intimate relationship with organic forms, dynamic techniques and has mastered the art of dreaming. Through the exploration of different styles ranging from surrealistic canvases, oils, pastels, digital collages and charcoals De La Cruz provides the viewers with a simultaneous blast of creative directions. His unique voice has ensured his legacy on a road well traveled.”

~ Maruca Salazar, Curator

Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master

“His art is the true confession of a love affair with the great stonewalls of the Mayas and the Aztecs.  His eyes were bewitched by the colors of the great rivers and lush jungles.  His love for Mexico and his artistic generosity made him the perfect son of a conquered nation in search of an identity that defines us all as the perfect “mestizo.”  Foreign parts assembled in Mexico…..”

~ Maruca Salazar, Curator


“The state of being a CHICANO is extemporaneous, and lives in the narrative of the movimiento, in clandestine books of dead poets, and in organizations that preserve the history of the brown people of the 20th-century.”

~ Maruca G. Salazar, Curator

Contributing artists: Carlos Fresquez, Delilah Montoya, Daniel Salazar & Francisco Zamora


El Brindis Remixed

Contributing artists: Agustín Víctor Casasola, Ángeles TorrejónAristeo Jiménez, Bustamante Foundation, C.B. Waite, Casasola Foundation, Culhuacan Archives, Everardo Rivera, Enrique Díaz, Gabriel Figueroa Flores, Gerardo R. Hellion, Graciela Iturbide, Héctor GarcíaJorge LépezJosé Bustamante, Juan Rulfo, Julio Galindo, Lorenzo Armendáriz, Manuel Ramos Private Archives, Marco Antonio Cruz, Mariana Yampolsky, Maya Goded, Nacho Lopez Foundation, National General Archives Mexico City, Pedro Guerra Archives, Raúl Ortega, Rubén Pax

Curator: Maruca Salazar

Outside In 303

My plate is full! … And I have devoured my place in this world. I smell the poison vapors of the can and am protected by smoking mirrors, I find cold alleys, phantom shadows, and the other side of the tracks. The cracks in the streets of my neighborhood reflect ancient peaks to the west of my heart. Can I be swallowed by the streets and become invisible?I call The West Side warriors to protect the hollow ground. But…for now I can only paint the emotions, dreams and hopes of the voices on the walls.

Curators: Maruca Salazar and Gwen Chanzit

Contributing artists: Jack Avila, Victoriano Rivera, Mario Zoots, Gabriel Salazar, Josh Lopez, Josiah Lopez, Javier Flores


La Cocina

The smell of fresh baked pan de muerto, the taste of a tortilla hot from the comal, the colorful pitalla melting in my mouth…this connection to my past and the vision of my grandmother sitting next to the stove like a great alchemist, mixing all the ingredients for La comida del medio dia… The art of cooking is universal but the tradition of the Mexican Cocina is a world of its own. The colors, aromas, essential ingredients, exotic condiments, roots, wild flavors and organic vegetables, awaken our senses to the power of a simple home cooked meal and the gastronomical phenomenon of flavors authentically Mexican. Barriga llena… corazon contento.

Curator: Maruca Salazar


Our lives are a mirage of experiences connected to artificial environs that distract us from our natural connection to the environment. The artists in this exhibit are using the space as a platform to confront this artificiality of modern life and provide us with interpretations that guide us to recover our personal connection to the natural world.

Curator: Maruca Salazar

Participating Artists from the Americas:
-Francisco Alvarado-Juarez, Honduras
-Patricia Tinajero, Ecuador
-Ariadna Capasso and Damian Keller, Argentina,
-Mapitzmitl Xiukwetzpaltzin (PAZ) With David and Luna Zamora, Mexico

The Legacy Project

Long before Chicano art was embraced as a true artistic expression this group of artists and thinkers planted seeds of a new world order and through their vision establish the importance and the role of hybrid society in the new Millennium.
This exhibit commemorates the artistic legacy of a generation of Chicano artists and the cultural contributions of Luis and Martha Abarca to the Denver Community.

Curator: Maruca Salazar

Contributing Artists: John Encinias, John Flores, Ernie Gallegos, Arlette Lucero, Stevon Lucero, Carlos Martinez, Emanuel Martinez, Daniel Salazar, Carlos Sandoval, Fransico Zuñiga
Thank you to the Abarca Family for lending art work to the exhibit.




Hilos are the threads connecting our collection to Museo’s past. From Colonial to contemporary, the filaments of each epoch twist together to create a priceless presentation of the best of our collection.  This exhibit celebrates 20 years of service and the hope for a continuous presence of the Americas in the artistic life of the Denver community

Curator: Maruca Salazar

Cara a cara/Face to face

Masks express ideations of beauty, raw human emotion, and externalize the inner mind, which make them a vivid element in many folk and traditional ceremonies.  Sacred and endowed with magical powers, masks confront the viewer with a myriad of eternal dualities, personifications of life and death, Moros y Cristianos, Conquistadores y Conquistados, and images of the gods and the guardians of nature. Ultimately, all masks serve the same purpose: to liberate the wearers and their audiences.

Curator: Maruca Salazar

Daniel Luna: Why Not…

There is no other artist in Colorado that can claim to be a “Regional Mythologist.” Daniel Luna’s paintings of chickens crying over a frying pan full of eggs or a native woman holding a toaster to roast watermelons will remind you of a magic that reality holds within our dreams.

Curator: Maruca Salazar