September 5 - December 29, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art explores how Southern California-based Chicano and Latino artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political, and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs.

Comprised of 60 artworks from the AltaMed Art Collection, Before the 45th illustrates how decade after decade - from progression to recession - these themes continue to be relevant in our world today. Beginning in the 1970s, artworks from each decade demonstrate the ongoing dialogue begun by the Chicano vanguard and carried on by its successors, all of whom share a connection and resonance with their Mexican ancestry. The selection of works ends at the year 2016, as the exhibition aims to place a question mark on the types of artworks created and ideas to be conveyed in the foreseeable future.

Before the 45th presents a stellar roster of Chicano and Latino artists, including Fernando Allende, Carlos Almaraz, Chaz Bojorques, David Botello, Mel Casas, Enrique Castrejon, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, Roberto Gil de Montes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Ignacio Gomez, Gronk, Roberto Gutierrez, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Jose Lopes, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Andres Montoya, Ramses Noriega, Man One, Viviana Paredes, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Ramirez, Miguel Angel Reyes, Vyal Reyes, Frank Romero, Pepe Serna, Ana Serrano, Eloy Torrez, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Ismael Vargas, Sergio Vasquez, and George Yepes.

Curated by Julian Bermudez and organized by the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 5 - December 29, 2017

January 25 - May 5, 2018 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to announce the opening of its next exhibit, A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall, (Una oscura y escandalosa caída de piedras), a collaborative installation by Perla Krauze and Barbara Liotta, artists from both sides of the Mexico-United States border.

A site specific exhibit, A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall was organized by independent curator Laura Roulet. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the poem "Dry Rain" by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, which begins: "At times the poem is a collapse/ a slow and painful landslide/ a dark and scandalous rockfall." Given the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations, this exhibition presents a healing gesture, recognizing our shared history.

Both artists use the material and metaphorical qualities of stone to evoke landscape and classical sculpture. First stacked to form cairns, walls, and shelters, then carved to create figures, stone is an ancient, primary material. Krauze and Liotta use the embedded meaning of natural stone - where it came from, its form, color and texture, what it is used for - to enhance their stacked and suspended sculptures.

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Additionally, in celebration of the Jewish heritage of the featured artists, the Mexican Cultural Institute, in partnership with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and PBS host Pati Jinich, will host a dinner featuring a Mexican-Jewish menu and stories from the history of the Jewish Mexican community on January 26, 2018 at 6:45pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Banner images: LEFT - Barbara Liotta, Chorus (2011) RIGHT - Perla Krauze, mixed media installation (2017)

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 25 - May 5, 2018

November 3, 2017 - March 18, 2018 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Don't miss the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibit - Tamayo: The New York Years Rufino Tamayo's lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early twentieth century at a time when unparalleled transatlantic cross-cultural exchange was taking place. While living in New York, intermittently from the late 1920s to 1949, Tamayo engaged with the new ideas expressed in the modern art that he saw in museums and galleries. Tamayo: The New York Years is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world.

The exhibition brings together forty-two of Tamayo's finest artworks and offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development-from his urban-themed paintings depicting the modern sights of the city to the dream-like canvases that show an artist eager to propel Mexican art in new directions.

Banner image: Image: Rufino Tamayo, Carnival, 1936, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Above image: Rufino Tamayo, New York Seen from the Terrace [Nueva York desde la terraza], 1937, oil on canvas, 20 3/8 x 34 3/8 in. FEMSA Collection. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo by Roberto Ortiz

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004
November 3, 2017 - March 18, 2018

January 9, 2018, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it hosts its first event of the new year with the Trio Nova Mundi. The program, entitled 'Un Viaje por México' (A Trip through Mexico), will feature works by three storied Mexican composers: Manuel M. Ponce, Juan Ramírez, and María Grever. Don't miss your chance to explore Mexico through the lens of musical composition!

Trio Nova Mundi is a dynamic all-women ensemble spanning the Americas in musical training and heritage. This heritage inspires a mission of sharing music globally, a focus on innovative programming featuring new or lesser-known works alongside the classics, and a desire for outreach and community engagement. Since its inception the trio has appeared in concert and with regional orchestras in the US, Africa, Mexico, and Chile. Trio Nova Mundi includes Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin), Elisa Kohanski (cello), and Becky Billock (piano). Pianist Billock will be

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 9, 2018

First Thursdays, 6:45pm, February - December of 2018 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is excited to announce its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México. The 2018 Music Series is a connected and comprehensive program of concerts, conferences, and recitals with some of Mexico and the US's most renowned composers, musicians, and academics.

Curated by Mexican musician and composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez (professor at the Eastman School of Music), the program will host an event on the first Thursday of every month from February to December of 2018. Events will span genres from traditonal to contemporary and include a recital with violinist Saul Bitran, a conference and recital on Jalisco's traditional music with ethnomusicologist Cornelio García, a concert with Dr. Dieter Hennings and the University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet, and much more!

Tickets to individual events will be made available on a rolling basis but you can reserve your place for the entire 2018 series now! Reserve

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
First Thursdays, February - December of 2018

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2018 season of Mexican Table! Come celebrate eleven years of programming dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity, demonstrating why Mexican cuisine is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!

2018 Sessions

March 8, 6:45pm - Flavors of Oaxaca with Guest Chef Alex Ruiz
In this session, Mexican Table returns to the state of Oaxaca to explore more of its rich culinary history and traditions. Joining Pati will be Alex Ruiz, the head Chef at Casa Oaxaca and a noted Oaxacan culinary ambassador. Together, Pati and Alex will dive deep into Oaxacan cusine with a menu you won't want to miss.

June 14, 6:45pm - Mexican Fish and Seafood, from North to South
In the heat of the Washington summer, come sample some ways Mexicans like to savor fresh bounties of both the sea and fresh water. From Campeche's "caviar" to an Octopus seared with almond and guajillo, to a traditional beach stand Vuelve a la Vida. Come learn, eat, be inspired, and finish it all off with the sweet taste of coconut.

October 11, 6:45pm - Exploring Mexico's North: Chihuahua
Although Mexico's northern states are closer to the US, ironically not many people are familiar with the gastronomy from Mexico's North. In this session, you will take a deep dive into one of Mexico's biggest northern states, one which boasts its unique cuisine and dearly beloved dishes: Chihuahua! From a Sopa de Ajo, to a true Mexican burrito de Chile Colorado, to the very famous Discada, and a sweet taste of their signature crisp apple buñuelos.

December 13, 6:45pm - End of the year in Mexico: Tamaliza!
Tamales are eaten everyday in every corner of Mexico, but never are they more expected and lavished than at the end of the year. Join us for a true tamaliza, with tamales we have never made for you and we bet you have never tasted before. Some made with corn masa, rice flour masa and even no masa! Finish with a ponche, Mexico's traditional spiked fruit cider.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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December 7, 2017 - March 25, 2018 at the Art Museum of the Americas


The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the OAS, and the Mexican Cultural Institute, present Palimpsestus: Image and Memory. The seventy artworks on display, produced between 1900 and 2014, include more than 30 artists from ten different countries drawn from Colección Memoria, assembled around artistic activisms by exhibition curator Alejandro de Villota Ruiz, and a selection of iconic modern and contemporary pieces from OAS permanent art collection.

Palimpsestus: Image & Memory surveys the main artistic trends and visual cultures that have developed in Latin America in the second half of the 20th Century. The term Palimpsest, a capitalistic practice stemming from the scarcity of paper as a good for fifteen centuries, is appropriated by the curator to conceptualize the relativity and interrelation of art narratives and aesthetic discourses. It explores art movements from abstraction to new figuration as well as collective memory, through an experimental curatorial exercise based on anachronistic and antagonistic visual essays. Taking its methodological frame from Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne and from Harald Szeemann's catalyst exhibitions, Palimpsestus aims to become a posteriori and an empirical source of interpretation and critical thinking.

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Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
December 7, 2017 - March 25, 2018

November 11-19 at Various locations


Fotoweek DC is a citywide celebration featuring 150+ exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and providing exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide.

Make sure to see artwork about Mexico at the Immigration in IberoAmerica exhibit at the Hillyer Art Space, the work of Mexican photographer Alejandro Gutierrez at the IDB, and catch the Fotoweek events taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Immigration in IberoAmerica
November 3-December 17 at the Hillyer Art Space
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Visual Metaphors featuring Mexican photographer Alejandro Gutierrez
November 14-29, at the International Development Bank
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Full festival calendar

Photo by Hans-Máximo Musielik, published for "Haitijuana", a Photographic Essay By Hans-Máximo Musielik, by Sergio Rodríguez Blanco, Voices of Mexico Magazine. CISAN-UNAM, Issue #103

Immigration in IberoAmerica
Hillyer Art Space
November 3-December 17, 2017

Visual Metaphors
International Development Bank
November 14-29, 2017

Various locations
November 11-19, 2017

November 10, 2017 - January 5, 2018 National Museum of Women in the Arts


In this exhibition, Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer transforms the clothesline, a traditionally feminine object, into a tool designed to engage the community and facilitate a dialogue around women's experience with violence-including topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and trafficking.

Mayer has implemented El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project in various museums and communities throughout Mexico, South America, and the United States, asking women from different economic classes, ages, and professions to respond to the statement, "As a woman, what I dislike most about my city is..." Participants write their responses on small pink ballots, which are then hung on a clothesline. The site-specific installation documents the project's results by using content created through community outreach, inviting visitors to add their voices and experiences to the tendedero, or clothesline.

On November 10, 11, and 13 Mexican artist Mónica Mayer will welcome drop-in visitors to the gallery over several days to talk about the history of her El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project. On November 12 the museum will host their FRESH TALKS forum featuring Mayer in conversation with project participants. Don't miss your opportunity to see this impactful work and hear form its creator!

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National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
November 10, 2017 - January 5, 2018