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

October 28 - November 22 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for our most popular annual celebration - the Day of the Dead!

This year's celebration will feature a special contemporary art installation by Rosalía Torres-Weiner, a Mexican American artist, activist, and founder of Red Calaca Studio. Her body of work combines public art works with community engagement in Latino migrant communities throughout the U.S. Presented alongside our current exhibit Before the 45th|Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art, Torres-Weiner's display at the MCI will highlight the pervasiveness and unique expression of Day of the Dead festivities among the Mexican diaspora in the U.S.

The Institute's 2017 traditional altar is dedicated to the hundreds of victims of the tragic earthquakes that devastated Mexico last month. In keeping with tradition, this vibrant offering is intended to bring the dead closer to the world of the living, calling forth their souls to join us in celebrating their lives.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 28 - November 22, 2017

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

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

October 8 - December 12 at Various Locations


Showcasing international tales of courage, hope, and determination, Films Across Borders presents a careful selection of documentary and dramatic films that will captivate you with stories of immigrants and refugees struggling to find a place to call home.

Mexican film screenings November 16 & 29 at the GALA Theater

On November 16 the Mexican Cultural Institute will present a screening of Artemio which tells the story of a 9-year-old boy born on the other side of the border, returning to Mexico with his mother. The only connection he can establish with his past life is through the telephone, which allows him to talk to his siblings and his father. Artemio's relationship to his mother is fundamental to the story. They are the only ones who speak English at home, sing in English, wear different clothes, and express themselves in a different way than what is customary there. This is an in-depth look at the childhood of migrants, as well as at a relationship between mother and son that only becomes stronger in the midst of separation and drives them to make free decisions without any regard for anyone else's expectations or judgment.

The film will be introduced by filmmaker Sandra Luz López Barroso and a Q&A will follow the screening.

On November 29th the Institute will present screenings of the films Refugio and The Salinas Project. In Refugio we learn about the lives in Mexico of Amalia and Roberto, two former refugees who fled on foot from Guatemala. Their story includes the process they have had to go through in order to reconstruct themselves, regardless of the trauma of the genocide perpetrated by the army warfare. The Salinas Project explores the city of Salinas, California. One hour south of the wealthy Silicon Valley, and 20 minutes east of the affluent Carmel area, Salinas is located at the head of a fertile valley - an area brought into public consciousness through the stories of John Steinbeck. On the east side of Salinas, in the predominantly Latino neighborhood known as Alisal, poverty, deplorable housing conditions and gang violence are a part of daily life.

The film will be introduced by The Salinas Project filmmaker Carolyn Brown and a Q&A will follow the screening.

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GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
November 16 & 29, 2017

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2017 season, and 10th anniversary, of Mexican Table! Come celebrate ten years of programming dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity, demonstrating why Mexican cuisine is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!

2017 Sessions

March 14, 6:45pm - Mexico & Guatemala Mano a Mano with Guest Chef Mirciny Moliviatis - SOLD OUT
For centuries, Guatemala and Mexico formed part of the viceroyalty of New Spain under the Spanish Colony. From 1821 onwards, Mexico and Guatemala went on separate paths, however, their kitchens retain the memory of their shared past, not only under the Spaniards but also of their Maya heritage. Join us as Mexican Chef Pati Jinich and Guatemalan Chef Mirciny Moliviatis participate in a mano a mano, of ingredients and dishes, that both unite and distinguish Mexican and Guatemalan cooking.

June 15, 6:45pm - Puebla de los Angeles: Culinary Stars from the City of Angels - SOLD OUT
It is in the city of Puebla, and mainly in its convents, where a lot of the Spanish and Mexican intermarriage or mestizaje of Mexican cuisine took place. With its colonial and baroque influences, themes and tones, some of the culinary stars of the city have remained and continue to be passed on through the centuries. Come take a bite of history!

October 19, 6:45pm - The Magic of Oaxaca - SOLD OUT
Chef Pati will demo and serve a menu based on the state of Oaxaca. Taking a culinary tour of the state, you will re visit and taste the dishes and flavors from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the city of Oaxaca and the Coast. She will also describe the ingredients, techniques and traditions that make this state one of main cradles of Mexican cuisine.

December 7, 6:45pm - Rediscovering Baja with guest Chef Javier Plascencia - SOLD OUT
Baja California has entered the worldwide culinary radar because of its wines, which now stand on par with those from California and France. However, little is known about the culinary roots and creative reinvention happening in Baja kitchens. Join Chef Pati and guest Chef Javier Plascencia for a culinary reconnaissance of the region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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