September 9th - November 3rd at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important cinematographers of the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide range of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. In the 1930s, Figueroa was part of a vibrant community of artists in many media, including Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Edward Weston and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who sought to convey the country's transformation following the trauma of the Mexican Revolution. Later, he adapted his approach to the very different sensibilities of directors Luis Buñuel and John Huston, among others. Figueroa spoke of creating una "imagen mexicana". His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond.

The exhibition features film clips, photographs, posters and documents, many of which are drawn from Figueroa's archive and The Televisa Foundation collections. In addition, the exhibition includes work by contemporary artists and filmmakers that draw from the vast inventory of distinctly Mexican imagery associated with Figueroa's cinematography.

Photo above: Colecciones Fotográficas Fundación Televisa





Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Embassy of Mexico and The Televisa Foundation, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a number of events in conjunction with the exposition Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer: Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Era of Cinema.

Gabriel Figueroa's Life Work: A Conversation with Gabriel Figueroa Flores | September 10th, 6:45 pm
Gabriel Figueroa Flores (1952) is a Mexican photographer and son of the director and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa Mateos. He decided to dedicate himself to professional photography after taking a course on the work of Ansel Adams and studied art and photography in London under the guidance of such professors as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Arnold Newman and Eikoh Hosoe.

He currently works to maintain and restore his father's work. He has published a number of books including "Sinaloa" (1986), "Archipiélago Revillagigedo. La Última Frontera" (1988), "Arquitectura Fantástica Mexicana" (1991,) "Lugares prometidos" (2006) and "Arenas Nomadas" (2012). Landscapes are a significant theme among his photographic work, which has been displayed in expositions all over the world.

Multiple Perspectives, the crazy machine | September 18th, 6:45 pm
Documentary, 96 min.
Emilio Maillé, 2012
An immersion into some of the most symbolic and iconic images of Mexican cinematography, shot by Gabriel Figueroa, along with commentary by the 40 most importante cinematographers worldwide.

The Pearl | October 15th, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 87 min.
Emilio El Indio Fernández, 1945
"The Pearl was an uncompromisingly ironic and brilliantly photographed translation of John Steinbeck's fable about civilized greed and plunderlust. Producer Oscar Dancingers and director Emilio Fernández cast Pedro Armendáriz as a pearl-fisher who finds a fabulous gem and rejoices in contempolation of the freedom it symbolizes." Jewell, R & Vernon, H (1982). The RKO Story, London, Octopus Books Limited.

Los olvidados (The young and the damned) | October 30th, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 85 min.
Luis Buñuel, 1950
Los Olvidados is widely acclaimed as a masterpiece. It was inscribed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register in 2003 in recognition of its historical significance.

Photo above: Salón México, 1948, Colección Gabriel Figueroa




Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Free Admission
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Saturday, August 30th, 6:00 pm as part of the National Book Festival

 

The Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a dialogue on the works and contributions of three giants of Mexican literature – the poets Octavio Paz and Efraín Huerta and the novelist José Revueltas, all of whom were born in 1914.

Panelists will include poets Marcelo Uribe and Coral Bracho. Marcelo Uribe is a Mexican poet that has published a number of original works. Uribe has also studied and published work in poetic translations. Coral Bracho, also a Mexican poet, has published six books of her work and has also been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. The event, part of the Festival's first-ever evening attractions, will be from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in room 103A and B at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
August 30th


September 9th, 7:00 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute

September 20th - 28th at the Kennedy Center

 

Join opera director Francesca Zambello and other special guests on September 9th at the Mexican Cultural Institute for a discussion on this modern operatic classic. Singers from the production will preview the opera in a musical program following the discussion. The complete opera will play at the Kennedy Center on September 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28.

Inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), Florencia in the Amazon was the first-ever Spanish-language commission by major U.S. opera companies, and an instant audience smash when it premiered in 1996. Don't miss the groundbreaking opera when it comes to the Kennedy Center for a limited engagement this September!

Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey in late Mexican American composer Daniel Catán's mesmerizing opera. Returning after 20 years to her South American homeland of Brazil, Florencia Grimaldi boards the El Dorado in disguise and heads up the Amazon to sing at an opera house in the capital. Along the way, she hopes to track down her long-lost lover, a butterfly hunter who has disappeared in the jungle. Beset by storms and a cholera outbreak, Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the rain forest, while Ríolobo, a mystical river creature, guides them to life-changing revelations.

2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 7th, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC 20566
September 20th - 28th
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Thursday, September 11th, 7:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Do not miss the once in a lifetime 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, Samuel Barber, Mario Lavista, and many more.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, September 11th, 7:00pm
Free Admission

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Wednesday, September 24th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Be sure to witness México Mágico, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet's performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Regarded as one of the foremost chamber music groups in Mexico today, the Quintet is formed of members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. The group's international backgrounds lend a unique sound to their performance of contemporary compositions.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, September 24th, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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Tuesday, October 7th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Experience the beautiful work of Silvia Navarrete, renowned as one of the most emblematic Mexican pianists. Her emotional expression, quality of sound, and deep understanding of styles have won her great acclaim. She has studied her craft all over the world and has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the principal orchestras of Mexico and the National Orchestra of China, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina.

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 7th, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to announce the 2014 season of Mexican Table! The season kicks off on March 19th when Mexican Table returns with Diego Rivera's Table in conjunction with our Man at the Crossroads exhibition! Then, on on June 5th, Pati will present the engaging historical session True Fusion: Mexico of the 16th Century, followed by Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier on October 9th, featuring a guest chef from Yucatán! The season will end with the "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on December 4th.









Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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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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