¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture | Level 4

May 9, 2015 to May 22, 2016

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May 9, 2015 to May 23, 2016
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

We're taking over an entire gallery to showcase our collection of Mexican textiles. It's one of the largest and most important in the world, yet few textiles from this remarkable collection have ever been displayed.

Vibrant expressions of creativity, the pieces in this exhibition combine remarkable technical skill with exquisite artistry. Over 150 stunning historic and contemporary pieces are on display, including complete costume ensembles, sarapesrebozos, textiles, embroidery, beadwork and more.

The evolution of Mexican fashion reflects the history of Mexico, where the textile arts reach back over many centuries. After the Spanish Conquest of 1521, European styles influenced the distinctive clothing of the Maya, the Aztec and other great civilizations. Contemporary Mexican textiles owe their vitality to the fusion of traditions. ¡Viva Mexico! celebrates this rich and enduring cultural legacy.

From the iconic to the innovative, ¡Viva México! explodes with colour, regional diversity, and bold Mexican style!

This exhibition is included with general Museum admission


Guest Curator: Chloë Sayer

Research for this exhibition has kindly been supported by the ROM's: 

Burnham Brett Endowment Fund
Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship
Kircheis Family Endowment Fund

Gwendolyn Pritchard Fraser Endowment Fund

More About the Exhibition

Press Release: It’s nearly time to say ¡Adiós! to ¡Viva México!, April 1, 2016

Press Release: ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture contributes to the ROM welcoming more than one million visitors in 2015, January 19, 2016

Blog: The Ofrenda: Stunning Mexican altar on display at the ROM this holiday season, December 26, 2015

Blog: Mexico's Day of the Dead at the ROM, October 23, 2015

Press Release: ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture continues its celebration of the ROM’s Mexican textiles collection, October 15, 2015

Press Release: ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture celebrates the ROM’s Mexican textiles and costume collection, April 16, 2015



Comment by Lead Concierge

For members, there will be a member preview on Friday May 8 from 10am to 6pm.  Remarks will be at 11am and 2pm for 30 minutes.  The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday May 9, 2015.

Comment by Michelle

I am very interested in the upcoming Viva México exhibit. I'd like to know what kind of activities for kids are planned and when they will take place. We enjoy visiting the museum with our kids, and the addition of kids activities has been a very welcomed idea that helps them connect everything they see at the museum.

Specifically, in the members magazine, there are three events listed, May 8th, 19th and June 26th. What kinds of kids activities related to the exhibit will the ROM have on those days?

Comment by bonnie

Loved this exhibition!!! Does your gift shop offer a catalogue/book? if so, how can one purchase it?

Comment by Joe Lewis

this show is a Fiesta a celebration of stitch, of weave, action and of colour. Congratulations it is delightfull

Comment by The Scrubs Hub

Culture and clothing go together often. There are many types of cultures in this world since every work place has a culture. One culture that stands out to me is the medical uniforms as fashion. Having a shift in the culture to wear medical uniforms that look good, feel good, and are helpful for employees and patrons is next step forward.

Comment by Lead Concierge

Hello, there is no catelogue specifically for this exhibition.  But there are 2 catelogues on this topic and available in the ROM Boutique:  Mexico: Clothing and Culture by Chloë Sayer and The Lienzo of Tlapiltpec:  A Painted History from the Northern Mixteca.  

Comment by Lee Miller

Today, Jan 1, 2016, I read an online article abourt the Rodarte's fashion gowns inspired by Star Wars on display until Jan 3rd. Using the search box "search rom" a the top of every window, I was unable to find any info based on "Rodarte" or "star wars" or "star wars gowns". How can I track down information regarding these gowns using your internal search box field?

Comment by Sigrun Schulz

I loved the Pompeii exhibit. When I first about it early in 2015, I knew I had to go and see it. I was in Pompeii, and even to the top of Mt. Vesuvius with my parents in the 1970s while I was teaching English at a German school. When my parents came to see me during the summer, we went to explore some of Italy and Pompeii and Vesuvius were among the places we visited. They have passed away since then, but I was determined to come to the ROM to see this particular exhibit. Besides, Vesuvius has been quiet since the year I was born. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and won't forget them. Thanks so much for hosting this very interesting exhibit.

Comment by Lead Concierge

Hello, we have various events and programs throughout the year.  Please check our Calendar or What's On section and select the specific event for details.  You can also purchase or reserve tickets right from the website.  

Comment by James Barker

I am a volunteer at the ROM. A visitor asked what is the music used for the Viva Mexico exhibition. I thought perhaps you would have an answer. Thank you.