November 12th through January 31st, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


"Contemporary Identities/Invisible Gestures" showcases the immense cultural diversity of Iberoamerica through the art of photography. The exhibit, featuring work from artists from 18 countries of Latin America, Portugal and Spain, centers on the relationship between identity and the self in a digital world.

This project is presented in collaboration with the Iberoamerican Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA) and in conjunction with Fotoweek DC.

Participating Embassies: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Participating Artists: Alexis Mandujano, Ana Adarve, Ana de Orbegoso, Carlos Cánovas, César Quijada, Esteban García Obando, Fernando Carrera, Ilana Lichtenstein, José Rui Moreira Correia, José Luís Neto, Luis Chay, Mary Rosa Jiménez, Muriel Hasbun, Raúl Cañibano, Ricardo Migliorisi, Ricardo Rivera, Roberto Fernández Ibáñez, Roxana Nagygeller, Susana Carrié, and Yamina del Real

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
November 12th through January 31st, 2015
Opening November 12th, 4:30 - 8 pm
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission

January 15 - February 15 at the Art Museum of the Americas


The Art Museum of the Americas, in collaboration with the Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States, presents Candela's Shells, honoring the great Spanish-Mexican Architect, Félix Candela. Candela was a renowned architect and engineer, whose work rose to great fame in the 1950s and 1960s with the creation of his "shells" made of reinforced concrete. These shells, or cascarones, were not only visually innovative, but also sought to prove the engineering properties and potentials of reinforced concrete. His iconic buildings are an enduring reminder of his contributions to Mexican architecture and engineering.

This traveling exhibit is a selection from the show, Félix Candela 1910-2010, organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) to commemorate the architect's 100th birthday. Curated by architecture professor Dr. Juan Ignacio del Cueto from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Candela's Shells is part of an effort to preserve and promote Candela's legacy.

The exhbition inauguration will take place January 15 at 6:00 pm. It will be preceded by an architecture talk by Marcos Mazari, Dean, UNAM Architecture School, and Juan Ignacio del Cueto, Professor, UNAM Architecture School.

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Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

February 17 | 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The University of Maryland's Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the School of Languages Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute, are proud to present A Tribute to José Emilio Pacheco. This tribute will honor the lauded Mexican writer José Emilio Pacheco (2009 Cervantes Award Winner) a year after his death with discussion and readings. The event will feature special guest, Cristina Pacheco, prominent Mexican journalist and Pacheco's wife. Also in attendance will be scholars Saúl Sosnowski and Hernán Sánchez Martínez de Pinillos. Join us at this celebration of José Emilio Pacheco's extraordinary life and work. The Fondo de Cultura Economica will have works by José Emilio Pacheco and Cristina Pacheco available at the tribute.

El Departamento de Español y Portugués y la Escuela de Literatura y Culturas de la Universidad de Maryland, en colaboración con el Instituto Cultural de México, se enorgullecen en presentar Un homenaje a José Emilio Pacheco. Este diálogo y lectura de la obra de Pacheco honrará la memoria del galardonado escritor mexicano (Premio Cervantes 2009) a un año de su fallecimiento. En el evento participará como invitada especial Cristina Pacheco, destacada periodista mexicana y esposa del escritor, así como los acádemicos expertos en literatura hispana Saúl Sosnowski y Hernán Sánchez Martínez de Pinillos. ¡Acompáñenos en esta celebración a la vida y obra de José Emilio Pacheco! El Fondo de Cultura Económica tendrá a su disposición títulos de la obra literaria de José Emilio Pacheco y de la periodista Cristina Pacheco.

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This event will be held in Spanish

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 17 | 6:54 pm

February 26th, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join historian Jorge Hernandez-Fujigaki as he presents Latinos in the Washington Metro Area, a pictorial book that offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the Washington DC area's Latino community. Comprised of photos taken mostly before the advent of digital photography the photos uncover the stories of prominent businessmen, politicians, educators, and artists, as well as the largely invisible lives of ordinary Latinos working in offices, barber shops, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, more - all critical contributors to the engine that powers this unique region.

Co-authored by anthropologist Maria Sprehn-Malagón, PhD, historian Jorge Hernandez-Fujigaki, PhD, and college counselor Linda Robinson, Latinos in the Washington Metro Area features pictures collected from family albums, local photographers' collections, scholars' archives, newspapers, and the Library of Congress.

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
February 26th | 6:54 pm


The Mexican Cultural Institute is happy to announce the Piece of the Month. Each month, the Institute will select the work of a Mexican artist to provide a spotlight for the amazing artistic works produced by Mexicans. This month we are featuring a painting by Guillermo Meza. This painting is part of the Kimberly Collection under the care of the Institute. The painting will be on view at the Institute's upcoming exhibit, 25 years, 25 artists.

Guillermo Meza was a Mexican painter and artist. He began his career as an apprentice in his father's tailor shop while studying music, drawing and engraving at the Escuela Nocturna de Arte para Trabajadores. In 1937 he went to Morelia to work as an assistant to the painter Santos Balmori and studied at the Spain-Mexico School. He was later discovered to be a talented artist by Diego Rivera, who helped Meza and his work gain recognition. Today, his work is represented in such leading museum collections as the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009

February 5th through March 1st at the Gala Theater


A wild tale of confusion and mistaken identities, complete with wily servants and groping suitors, this comic modern adaptation of House of Desires at the Gala Theater is not to be missed! Written by the first published feminist writer of the New World, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz of Mexico, this romantic farce examines the free will of women at a time when they were subject to a strict moral code. Directed by Hugo Medrano.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a self-taught scholar and poet during the 17th century. Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today both a Mexican writer and a contributor to the Spanish Golden Age. Her works have been widely translated and published all over the world, and she is considered a prominent figure in the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. In "House of Desires," one of her most outstanding plays, Sor Juana gives the audience a glimpse of the opinions and idiosyncrasies of her time. For its exploration of the concepts of love, beauty, purity, courtesy, envy, betrayal, injustice, and dishonor, "House of Desires" is considered the pinnacle of Sor Juana's work.

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Also! House of Desires will feature Mexican actor Erick Sotomayor in the role of Don Carlos, the gregarious romantic who's kind to a fault. Erick Sotomayor is making his first appearance at GALA. Most recently he appeared in Martin, Love, Sex, and Rhythm at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. In Mexico, he performed several lead roles in the famous Mexican series Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, produced by the actress Silvia Pinal. Originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, he studied acting at Televisa's Center of Artistic Education in Mexico City.

3333 14th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20010
February 5 - March 1
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Wednesday March 18, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Sharks of Mexico as part of the 2015 Environmental Film Festival. The documentary's director, Gerardo del Villar, will be in attendance to present his work and participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Sharks of Mexico follows underwater photographer and shark expert Gerardo del Villar and his team of divers, photographers, videographers, biologists, and specialists as they try to prove that Mexico is one of the largest shark sanctuaries on the planet, inhabited by over 100 shark species. With a dedicated team that has been diving, studying, and documenting sharks around the world, Gerardo embarks on the journey of a lifetime. Join the expedition as they are tested, amazed, and humbled by Mexico's stunning underwater habitats and the sharks that call them home. 40 mins.

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Sharks of Mexico will follow a screening of the short film Baja's Secret Miracle. In Baja's Secret Miracle Mario Castro, a fisherman that decided to change the destiny of his community, narrates this wonderful story that takes us on a decades long journey to understand how the town of Cabo Pulmo created the world's most robust marine reserve. Directed by Eliana Alvarez Martinez. 12 mins.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
March 18 | 6:54 pm

March 3 - 24 at the Kennedy Center


This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.

Eugenia León y Las Voces de Mujeres, Voces del Pueblo
March 14 - 15 at the Eisenhower Theater

Over the course of her illustrious career spanning more than three decades, singer Eugenia León has become a Mexican cultural icon. She began her career in the 1970s, singing with groups that reflected the political concerns of young students. In 1982 she had her first solo performance and began building up her repertoire with songs by the Mexican song-writers of her generation. By 1985 she had won the OTI Festival in Seville, Spain and has since continued her career, becoming one of the most respected music artists in Mexico.

In this special multimedia performance, she pays tribute to the greatest Ibero-American female singers. The concert features composers from 13 countries, including Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Violeta Parra (Chile), Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica/Mexico), Lola Beltrán (Mexico), Jesusa Rodríguez (Mexico), Concha Méndez (Mexico), Maristela (U.S./Mexico), Nina Simone (U.S.), and more. Ms. León is joined onstage by artist Cecilia García Amaro who will paint live.

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Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza
March 13 - 14 at the Terrace Theater

Tania Pérez-Salas, praised for her "vivid visual imagination" by the New York Times, is one of Mexico's most accomplished contemporary dancers and choreographers. Made in Mexico XX is a new work, featuring interwoven images rooted in Pérez-Salas's perspective as a Mexican artist with music representing a collage of Mexican composers. Founded in 1994, her dance company is known for its visual imagery, often making use of props and dramatic lighting.

As part of this double bill performance, the Kennedy Center will also host María Muñoz, Artistic Director of Spain's Mal Pelo Dance Company. She brings the U.S. premiere of her evocative 2004 solo piece, Bach, Performed to Glenn Gould's recording of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

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Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso -- A Multimedia Celebration
March 13 at the Eisenhower Theater

Experience a multimedia celebration of three giants of 20th century art, literature, and music, featuring three distinguished speakers whose lives and work have been touched by the masters Neruda, Picasso and Casals. Moderated by distinguished author and critic Marie Arana, the evening offers an array of literary voices, reaching from Spain and Portugal to many countries of Latin America, as well as Africa and the Caribbean. Join the Kennedy Center as authors and scholars alike, such as Mexico's Carmen Boullosa, discuss the lives and work of Iberoamerica's masters of art!

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Metales M5
March 4 at the Millennium Stage

Since its founding in 2005, METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico's leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuoso chamber music, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, and inimitable Latin American charm, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical experiences.

The group has been touring the US and Canada extensively since 2008 and even made its South American debut in Colombia 2012 and its African Debut in 2013 in Algeria. Their music synthesizes classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pop arrangements to produce their very own sound.

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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 3 - 24

at the The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Maryland Science Center


Flight of the Butterflies 3D follows the fascinating journey of the monarch butterfly. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award-winning team including Oscar winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies. For a trailer, click here.

The Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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