September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


This fall and winter the Mexican Cultural Institute will host the exhibit DELIMITATIONS, which catalogs the work of artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor. The exhibit inauguration will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 6:45 pm and will include a presentation by and discussion with the artists.

DELIMITATIONS catalogs a 2400 mile long, site-specific installation that traces the border between Mexico and the United States as it existed in 1821. In marking the short-lived historic boundary with a series of monuments that mimic those installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the United States, Ramírez and Taylor question the permanence of borders. Their work acknowledges the territory that Mexico lost and makes a claim for the present, not to contest the current boundary but to prompt a recognition that the United States and Mexico have a shared history and common interests.

See the DELIMITATIONS bloghere

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut's exhibit 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity. You can learn more about their exhibit by clicking here.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

January 26 - May 13 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Bordes/Borders is a contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda featuring nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds.

The selection exhibited at the MCI questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time 'from the inside out'. These pieces pursue a collective effort to establish a visual dialogue between three spheres of production and their key players: the region, the nation, and the world. Participating artists include Florencia Levy (Argentina), Heliodoro Santos (Mexico), Emilio Chapela (Mexico), Bruno Goosse (Belgium), Miguel Ángel Ortega (Mexico), Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico), Tania Ximena Ruiz Santos (Mexico), Cristiana De Marchi (Italy) and Maya Yadid (Israel).

The January 26 opening will feature a talk by curator Othón Castañeda at 6:45pm, RSVP here.

Banner: Emilio Chapela Pérez, Matamoros-Tijuana, 2014, Video-screening, 15 min.
Above: Florencia Levy, Landscape for one person, 2014, single-channel digital video, 8:16 min.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 26 - May 13, 2017

January 25, 2017, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Wednesday January 25 the MCI will host a screening presented by AVSI-USA of the short documentary The Awakened Heart, an award-winning documentary directed by Giovanni Morricone and Simonetta D'Italia. Centering on Crecemos, an education and nutrition center in Oaxaca, Mexico, The Awakened Heart brings viewers into the home of Carlos Avedaño Salas, a 10-year boy and his family whose lives have been transformed through the dedicated service provided by Crecemos staff. The documentary has already been accepted in various film festivals and has recently received an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Festigious International Film Festival.

RSVP to the screening here

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 25, 2017, 6:45pm

January 29, 2017, 3:30pm at the National Gallery of Art


Do not miss the opportunity to see the Latin Grammy award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Famed for their extensive repertoire of Latin American work, the Cuarteto brings an elegant and refined touch to string quartet compositions. The group has released a number of records and received numerous awards including a 2012 Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording. They will be performing works from composers such as George Gershwin, Dan Roman, Leo Brouwer, and more.

More info

National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave NW
West Building, West Garden Court
January 29, 3:30pm

February 19, 4:30 at the National Gallery of Art


Don't miss a screening of the Mexican film Pancho Villa's Revenge with live musical accompaniment by Mexican American artists Kiko Rodriquez and Tania Rodriguez Glenn. La Venganza de Pancho Villa - compiled from newsreels, fiction footage, and other sources about the exploits of the revolutionary Mexican leader Pancho Villa - was inspired by the legendary film The Life of General Villa (1916). Itinerant showmen Félix Padilla and son Edmundo of twin cities Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, created the film. The Padillas presented cinema throughout the Mexico-US border regions during the 1920s and 1930s, often featuring hand-cranked 78rpm recordings as musical accompaniment. Live music for this performance has been composed for string quartet, two Mexican American vocalists, and a track consisting of historic 1920s recordings from the Mexican American borderlands.

More info here

National Gallery of Art
4th St NW at Constitution Ave NW
East Building Auditorium
February 19, 4:30

February 2-26 at the GALA Theater


See the US premiere of the play by Mexican playwright Emilio Carbadillo, featuring Mexican actress Julietta Egurrola. Set in Mexico City in the 1960s, Yo también hablo de la rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose) centers on teenagers Toña and Polo who derail a train while playing hooky from school. The details of what happened and the punishment they should face are as different as the spectators who followed the event. This searing look at poverty and society's response to it has become a masterpiece of modern Mexican theatre.

More info here

GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
February 2-26, 2017