After making murals in Gambia in October, John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons of Minneapolis' Broken Crow have their next international trip planned: They just confirmed they'll be heading to Mexico City from March 1-11 to do a gigantic mural at MUJAM, el Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexico (the Antique Toy Museum Mexico). The museum is run by 65-year-old Roberto Shimizu, the son of Japanese immigrants who imported toys and food into the country. Filmmaker Albo Mora Roca writes that Shimizu "deliberately located his museum in a working-class neighborhood, Colonia Doctores, a place people go to buy stolen car parts. He calls it 'a live museum for living Mexicans.'" Shimizu's son Roberto, Jr., helps with art programming, holding a twice monthly event called Collec, in which painters, comic artists and designers sell their works on an empty floor of the museum.
Grider says Broken Crow is planning artmaking trips to the UK and to Anchorage, Alaska, this summer, as well as throughout rural Minnesota where they'll be painting barns. He estimates the pair has created around 100 murals, including 15 in the Twin Cities (here's two: 1, 2) seven in New York, and 30 in international cities including London and Paris. Above, a shot from their Gambia trip, courtesy of Christin Crabtree Grider. Below, Roca's documentary on MUJAM.
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