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 18, 8:00pm at the Barns at Wolf Trap


See Troker as they return to DC to play the Barns at Wolf Trap!

Morphing from jazz to rock, Troker has an explosive energy that international magazine All About Jazz described as "noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, all together wonderful". Their concerts are challenging, full of intense and relentless moments that traverse the lines between musical genres; a true fusion of jazz, rock, funk and hip hop - all with Mexican flair. Troker made waves in 2014, performing at both SXSW and WOMEX, and becoming the first band in history to play two consecutive years at the West Holts Stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. Don't miss this one of a kind group at one of the region's best venues!

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The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
October 18, 2017

October 20, 8:00pm at Strathmore


Don't miss your chance to meet Grammy-winning Mexican-American artist Lila Downs at her one-night engagement at Strathmore! Funds from ticket purchases will go to Centro de Apoyo al Movimiento Popular Oaxaqueño, A.C. benefiting earthquake relief in Mexico.

Packages include a chance to meet & greet Lila Downs, a professional photographer taking pictures, reception with coffee, cookies and pastries, and Lila's CD and poster.

As one of the world's most singular voices, Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musical artist Lila Downs has been thrilling audiences and defying genres for decades. Down's voice is unforgettable, her approach to music is innovative, and her poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. She reinterprets music from its roots, fusing together pop, Mexican, and indigenous sounds. Downs' unique mélange of languages and cultures, aided by her upbringing in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico, allows her to bridge traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico to North American jazz and blues.

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5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
October 20, 2017

October 25, 5:30pm at American University

October 26, 6:00pm at the Inter-American Development Bank


Through its partnership with the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and FONCA from the Mexican Ministry of Culture promoting Mexican arts and culture, the Mexican Cultural Institute will co-present renowned filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke for a presentation and discussion of his work. Best known for his debut film Temporada de patos (2004) - winner of an Ariel Award for Best Film - Eimbcke's cinema highlights the adolescent experience through a minimalist approach. Known for his "evocative simplicity" and portraits of everyday life, Eimbcke's other films include Lake Tahoe (2008) and Club Sandwich (2013).

This event will feature a panel discussion with Maestro Eimbcke and panelists from American University faculty, as well as a Q&A.

The following day, the Inter-American Development Bank will host a screening of Eimbcke's Film Club Sandwich. There will be a Q&A with Eimbcke afterward in Spanish.

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American University
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20016
October 25, 2017

Inter-American Development Bank
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium
1300 New York Ave NW
Washington DC, 20577
October 26, 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.

The opening celebration for the altar will take place Saturday, October 28 from 12-4pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include live music presentations at 12:15pm and 1:15 pm. We hope to see you there!

Additionally, the New Orchestra of Washington will present a Day of the Dead concert at the MCI featuring the Aeolus String Quartet. More information and tickets can be found here.

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

October 30, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for an evening with Elena Poniatowska as she presents a discussion in Spanish titled 'En México siempre tiembla'. The University of Maryland will also host a number of other events, held in English and Spanish, to honor this important author as part of the José Emilio Pacheco Distinguished Lecture Series.

Elena Poniatowska is a French-born Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on those considered to be disenfranchised especially women and the poor. She is the recipient of the Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Prize and is "honoris causa" by universities around the world.

El Instituto Cultural Mexicano le invita a la conferencia en español de la maestra Elena Poniatowska, En México siempre tiembla, presentada en el marco de conferencias en español e inglés de la Cátedra José Emilio Pacheco de la Universidad de Maryland.

Elena Poniatowska es una de las más reconocidas escritoras y periodistas mexicanas, cuya obra se enfoca principalmente en temas políticos y sociales vinculados a grupos marginados, especialmente las mujeres y los pobres. Recibió el Premio Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra en 2013 y diversas universidades de México y el mundo le han otorgado el doctorado honoris causa.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 30, 2017

November 7, 7:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Embassy series for a concert by Paisajes Sonoros. This dynamic Mexican Duo, including Paulina Derbez on Violin and Araceli Salazar on Piano, will play a wonderful program of Mexican and European composers. A superb representative of Mexican Chamber music of the 20th and 21st century, Paisajes Sonoros is a rare treat and will feature composers such as Revueltas, Cesar Franck, Manuel Ponce and others.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
November 7, 2017

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 - 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 for a culinary reconnaissance of the region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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