June 8 - August 19 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to announce its next exhibit Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit) opening June 8, 2017.

Curated by Mexican artist Paloma Torres, Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit) explores the work of seven sculptors who use clay as a means of returning to cultural roots and origins. The artists whose work is presented here build bridges between the past and present by creating contemporary pieces with such an ancient medium. Participating artists include: Gustavo Pérez, Ana Gómez, María José Lavín, Perla Krauze, Saúl Kaminer, María José de la Macorra, and Paloma Torres.

The exhibit also examines the importance of ceramic and pottery in the lives of Mexicans living in the US by including images and stories submitted to the curator.

On Thursday, June 8th at 6:45pm, curator and participating artist Paloma Torres will give an artist talk to discuss her own work as well as the curation of the exhibit and its pieces.

Note: For school groups wishing to visit the exhibit, 1 chaperone per 10 students must be present to enter the galleries.

RSVP to the artist talk here.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 8 - August 19, 2017

July 29 & 30 at Dance Palace


Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will perform two pieces by American choreographer Anna Sokolow titled: "Homenaje a David Siqueiros" and "Ballade," as well as a hybrid work "Chakra," showcasing the company's multiple social interests and backgrounds.

"Homenaje a David Siqueiros" is based on the Mexican revulotionary painter, and is particularly timely as it draws on the painter's own text combined with several other poets to remind us that art is a powerful tool for resistance against oppression. "Ballade", is a light and airy summery dance that explores the joy of relationships in an abstract quartet. In "Chakra", you will see excerpts of hybridity that combines modern dance and Bharata Natyam into a syncretic dance work and the full work will be performed at Dance Place in July 2018.

Sokolow's influence was wide. She spent much of the 1940s in Mexico, organizing its first modern dance company. In later years, she returned there to stage her works and create new ones drawing on the country's art and politics. In 1988, she was bestowed Mexico's Aztec Eagle Award, the highest civilian honor given to a foreigner.

Over the years, Sokolow befriended painters Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, as well as Siqueiros, a politically active and frequently jailed muralist.

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Dance Palace
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

Through August 6, 2017 the Anacostia Community Museum


What do Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore all have in common? They are all urban areas, are all on the east coast of the United States and all have experienced rapid growth in their Latinx populations, most with spurts beginning in the 1980s-and with Washington leading the way as far back as the 1950s. "Gateways/Portales," an exhibition on view at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration.

The exhibit features several works by Mexican artist, Rosalia Torres-Weiner.

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1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
Through August 6, 2017
Free Admission

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
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.

Tickets & more info

Interested in learning more about Mexico's gastronomy? Find lots more info here at venacomer!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Now open at the Dumbarton Oaks


After its 2016 rennovations, Dumbarton Oaks has reopened, including its Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art.

The Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art comprises objects from the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, the Intermediate Area, and the Andes. Among its most important holdings are a variety of sculptures in stone, from elegant carvings of Aztec deities and animals, to several large relief panels bearing the likeness of Maya kings. Other stonework includes finely sculpted anthropomorphic figurines and polished jade renderings of ritual objects from the Olmec, Veracruz, and Teotihuacan cultures. Assorted stone and ceramic vessels are decorated with painted and carved imagery, elite portraits, and elaborate courtly scenes, providing insights into the artistic endeavors and political and ceremonial pursuits of the Mesoamerican elite.

Piece above: Mosaic Mask
Maya, Late Postclassic
1200-1520 CE
Wood and stone

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Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007