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

March 2 - May 20, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963). Comprised of installation pieces, the exhibit reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them. Romero's works explore these phenomena through symbolic objects, like papel picado and tires, and culinary components, like bread and corn. Her work underscores the role that eating and cooking play in the formation and transformation of Mexican identity. The result is a body of work that places Mexican culture as a fundamental part of the migrant journey from Mexico to the US.

Betsabeé Romero lives and works in Mexico City. For over 15 years her work has developed a critical discourse on issues such as migration, miscegenation and mobility through resemantization of symbols, and everyday rituals of the culture of global consumption. She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond and has participated in numerous residencies and international exhibitions.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 2 - May 20, 2017
Free Admission

Cancelled due to unforeseen conflict in artist's schedule


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a Saturday Family Day performance by Elena Durán playing a program titled La flauta que canta: Pedro mi amor. Of all the stars of the great "Golden Age" of Mexican cinema, the actor Pedro Infante still shines as the brightest. Beloved by generations, Pedro's legacy is as strong as ever in this, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Flutist Elena Durán, who as a very young girl first saw Pedro Infante's movies with her grandmother, will perform a selection of timeless songs from Infante's films. Arranged for flute, each song will be accompanied by a clip from Pedro's iconic movies. The music, the movies and Elena's performance make for an unforgettable afternoon.

Elena Durán is one of the most charismatic flute players on the international concert platform today. She was born and raised in East Oakland, California to parents who were both born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She received her early musical education in the Oakland Schools system and after high school she studied at Mills College. At the age of only twenty she was appointed Lecturer in Flute at Stanford University. Read more

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

May 1, 5:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join us as we host Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle's debut in Washington DC for a combination of music, art, food, and that divine elixir - MEZCAL - for an experience like no other.

Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle is the biggest mezcal tasting in the United States. Curated by the Mezcalistas, it is an annual tasting and celebration of mezcal culture. The event will include more than 15 mezcal brands, bites, cocktail sips from local bars and restaurants, handcrafted artisan goods, great music, and fun. Plus, luminaries from across the mezcal world will offer fantastic insights into what you're tasting as part of an informal chats program.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 1, 2017

May 9, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it presents Archaeologist Ximena Chávez Balderas for a lecture on the exotic animals disinterred at the Tenochtitlan archaeological site.

Since 1978, the Templo Mayor Project have discovered a biological treasure with no precedents in Mesoamerica. The remains of thousands of organisms - sponges, echinoderms, corals, mollusks, arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - have been found in 165 offerings discovered in the archaeological site.

In this lecture, Chávez Balderas will address the extraordinary biological diversity found in the ritual deposits of the Great Temple, as well as the history of archaeological findings at the site. She will present recent discoveries found in the last five years and how they contribute to the understanding of captivity, animal symbolism, sacrifice and ritual use.

Ximena Chávez Balderas is a bioarchaeologist at the Templo Mayor Project. She is specialized in funerary archaeology, sacrificial practices, mortuary treatments and archaeozoology. She earned her BA from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Her MPhil was awarded by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and her MA by Tulane University. She is PhD candidate at Tulane University, was the main curator of the Templo Mayor Museum between 2001 and 2007, and is currently a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 9, 2017

February 17 - May 14, 2017 the National Museum of Women in the Arts


Border Crossing presents recent work by Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969), who hand-builds and pit-fires clay sculptures resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life-the plastic bottle. Finding both ancient pottery shards and recently discarded plastic bottles along the U.S.-Mexico border inspired Porter Lara to reconsider the bottle as a "contemporary artifact."

Porter Lara describes her work as a reverse archaeological process in which she digs into issues of the present and the future by applying tools of the past. Through the incongruity of form and material, her works expose the porous nature of "borders" of all kinds, not only physical but also abstract boundaries such as those between art and garbage, and nature and artifice.

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1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
February 17 - May 14, 2017

Open call, Event May 18, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Mexican artist Adriana Lara invites students, academics, and writers to collaborate in her upcoming project "The Club of Interesting Theories" at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. The "Club of Interesting Theories" is the upshot result of a long term project. Lara has been working with a graphic generative system, which she proposes as a potential visualization of the processes of theory-making and thought-production more generally.

In the context of Washington D.C., Lara proposes to present a series of graphics from her system in dialogue with a sequence of readings of texts by Mexican writers who research U.S-Mexican relations and their history. These texts can be excerpts of academic papers, journalism, conspiracy theories, or even fiction.

The Club opens the opportunity to present and discuss relevant theoretical works as well as Mexico in general, alongside an artistic counterpart that attempts to integrate thought into the reading of an artwork. The work of the participating authors will be published online together with the artist's abstract graphics assigned to each of these theories.

Please submit a theory, excerpt of research, or a new text with a maximum length of 3000 words to info@fd13residency.org. For formal guidelines or specific questions regarding the project, click here.

A public event with the artist in the context of this project will take place on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Lara's project is co-initiated by Sandra Teitge and is co-organized with FD13 residency for the arts and the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico to the US.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 18, 2017

Opening talk April 23 | Through May 28 at the Rhizome DC


Natural Order is the first solo exhibition by Costa Rican / Mexican artist Paulina Velázquez Solís in Washington DC. In this exhibition, notes and cues from personal experiences mix with an ongoing curiosity in the biological world, converging into shapes and variations within different subjects through media including drawings, sound installation and sculpture.

Some pieces grew from a collection of personal and observed transformations of the human/mammalian body, particularly in the changes that take place during pregnancy, postpartum and in the reproductive process in general. In other works, routine and the passage of time are registered in works like a diary of finger prints, which due to a skin condition have an inconsistent imprint, making them unreliable for identification.

Paulina Velázquez lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Velázquez is a visual artist working with diverse media such as installation, sculpture, drawing and animation.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk - Sunday April 23rd, 4-7pm

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Rhizome DC
6950 Maple St NW
Washington, DC
Opening talk April 23
Open through May 28

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
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
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.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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