On view now through September 17, 2016 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


General Motors de Mexico and the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, through its Cultural Institute, are proud to present the exhibit The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art.

Through 100 works on paper, the exhibit highlights the evolution of Mexico's artistic narrative during the 20th century and features works by renowned Mexican and foreign-born artists including Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Dr. Atl, Elizabeth Catlett, Pablo O'Higgins, Leonora Carrington, Roger Von Gunten and others.

The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art was created in the late 1960s and achieves a vast exploration of the rich aspects of 20th century Mexican art. Shown abroad for the first time since 1969, this exhibition is divided into five thematic segments that illuminate the evolution of Mexican art from Muralism to modernity. Through its narrative, the collection offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the global impact of Mexico's artistic contributions.

The exhibit will be on view Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturdays from 12:00-4:00pm.

See the exhibit catalog here

Images courtesy of General Motors de Mexico

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Open now through September 17, 2016
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


This fall and winter the Mexican Cultural Institute will host the exhibit DELIMITATIONS, which catalogs the work of artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor. The exhibit inauguration will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 6:45 pm and will include a presentation by and discussion with the artists.

DELIMITATIONS, catalogs a 2400 mile long, site-specific installation that traces the border between Mexico and the United States as it existed in 1821. In marking the short-lived historic boundary with a series of monuments that mimic those installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the United States, Ramírez and Taylor question the permanence of borders. Their work acknowledges the territory that Mexico lost and makes a claim for the present, not to contest the current boundary but to prompt a recognition that the United States and Mexico have a shared history and common interests.

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This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut's exhibit 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity. You can learn more about their ehxibit by clicking here.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017
Free Admission

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host art historian Tatiana Flores for a lecture titled From Social to Artistic Revolution: The Making of Modern Mexican Art.

Her talk will include findings from her book Mexico's Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30!. A revisionist and interdisciplinary account of Mexican modern art as seen through two avant-garde movements, the book received the 2014 Humanities Book Prize awarded by the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association. It was also runner-up for the Photography/Art category at the Southern California Book Festival and the Los Angeles Book Festival in 2013.

Tatiana Flores (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a joint appointment in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. A specialist in modern and contemporary Latin American art, she is active as an independent curator and art critic, as well as an author.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
August 31, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00pm at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to kick of its fall musical programming with a performance by Onix Ensamble, an acclaimed group of Mexican musicians dedicated to promoting the best of Latin American contemporary music. In addition, to their concert at the MCI, Onix Ensamble will be performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on September 15.

Founded by Mexican musician Alejandro Escuer in 1995, the mission of the group is to be the voice of Mexican and Latin American composers under the honored principles of cultural diversity, high quality musical craftsmanship and artistic originality.

ONIX offers a unique panorama of exclusive dedicated works, which are often influenced by literature, theatre, the visual arts and new technologies. The ensemble works to build new forms of expression through the creation of special pieces that combine classical music with other genres and aesthetic traditions.

RSVP to the MCI performance here

More info on the Kennedy Center performance here

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 13, 2016, 6:45pm
Free admission

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
September 15, 2016, 6:00pm
Free admission, no free parking

September 24, 2016 at the National Book Festival


This year the Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a number of events on the works and contributions of Mexican literature with Déborah Holtz, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, and Álvaro Enrigue.

Déborah Holtz on her book Tacopedia
September 24, 4:00 pm-4:45 pm, book signing 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Déborah Holtz is a Mexican editor and writer best-known for her book "Tacopedia" (Phaidon). She is the founder of Trilce Ediciones, a publisher which provides an avenue for independent writers and is known for its popular culture art books, poetry, children's books and essays. Holtz is also the president of Mexican Alliance of Independent Publishers, which is the only association of independent publishers in Mexico and was founded in 2005. Since 2012, she has been the anchorwoman of a radio show called Salsajazzeando, a program about a variety of Latin music styles including jazz, salsa, bungaloo and Caribbean rhythms. Holtz's "Tacopedia" (Phaidon) is the ultimate reference on taco culture and features the principal types of tacos, recipes, interviews with taco creators, origin stories, photographs, illustrations, graphics, maps and more that bring the vibrancy of the taco, and its homeland, to life. More info

Álvaro Enrigue on his book Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death)
September 24, 5:15-6:00 pm, book signing 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

See Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with John Hessler from the LOC as the discuss Enrigue's book Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death). Álvaro Enrigue is a celebrated Mexican author. He has written 10 fiction books, several of which are now available in English translations, including "Perpendicular Lives" and "Hypothermia." Enrigue received the prestigious Joaquín Mortiz Prize for his first novel, "La muerte de un instalador," as well as the coveted Herralde Prize for his recent book, "Muerte súbita." His commentary in English has been published in The New York Times, the Believer and the London Review of Books. His award-winning "Muerte súbita" is now available in the English translation "Sudden Death" (Riverhead), and is a daring adventure story featuring a sixteenth century tennis match between Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo. Enrigue lives in New York, where he alternates between teaching at Princeton and Columbia universities. More info

Alberto Ruy Sánchez on his book Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador
September 24, 7:15 pm-8:00 pm, book signing 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

See Alberto Ruy Sánchez in conversation with Luis Clemens from NPR as they discuss Sánchez's book Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador. Alberto Ruy Sánchez is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essays from Mexico City. Since 1988, he has served as the editor-in-chief of the arts magazine Artes de México, which has won more than 150 national and international editorial awards. Sánchez has received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Gran Orden de Honor Nacional al Mérito Autoral, the José Fuentes Mares National Prize for Literature and the Premio Cálamo. The majority of his fiction works including his latest, "Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador" (White Pine), are set in Mogador, the ancient Arabic city now known as Essaouira and located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.Sánchez currently lives with his family in Mexico. More info

Other Mexicans and Mexican-Americans participating:
Luís Alberto Urrea
Pati Jinich
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 24th, 2016

September 27 - October 1, 2016 at the St. Regis


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a week of culinary programming and menus focusing on Mexico at the St. Regis' Decanter. International Culinary Week will feature the cooking of Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte and Sous Chef Ángeles Ayala, bringing the flavors of Mexico to Washington DC.

Mexican chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte hails from the state of Chihuahua, and has earned national and international acclaim for her invaluable contributions to Mexican haute cuisine. Alongside a group of Mexican historians and fellow chefs, she has spearheaded the initiative to recognize Mexican cuisine in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In Mexico, she has worked as Chef and Partner of her the restaurant, "Turtux" in Mexico City and her expertise and innovations have culminated in her publication of her two original books, "Tamales y Atoles Mexicanos" in 2012, and "Mexico, The Cookbook" in 2014.

Ángeles Ayala is a seasoned independent Mexican chef and sous-chef to Margarita Carrillo Arronte. As an independent chef, Ayala devotes most of her time to culinary consulting, private event catering, teaching, and writing recipe and cook books. In recent years, Ayala has participated in a number of international fairs and festivals promoting Mexican cuisine across the globe. She has also contributed to numerous articles to international magazines about contemporary Mexican recipes and traditional techniques.

See the menu here

Decanter at St. Regis
923 16th and K Streets NW
Washington DC

September 15 - October 5, 2016 at the AFI SIlver Theater


The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 15 - October 5) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema.

Desierto | Fri, Sep 23, 7:30 pm & Tue, Sep 27, 9:30 pm

Featuring Q&A with director Jonás Cuarón and post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Making the arduous trek from Mexico to the United States, a group of undocumented immigrants led by Moisés (Gael García Bernal) hopes for a fresh start on the other side of the border. But a ruthless, gun-toting vigilante takes border patrol into his own hands, hell-bent on stopping anyone from entering his country. Now, Moisés finds himself in a fight for his life, with survival the only goal. With edge-of-your-seat suspense, filmmaker Jonás Cuarón (screenwriter, GRAVITY) has crafted a bravura, socially conscious thriller. FIPRESCI Award, 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

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Other Mexican Films:
I Promise You Anarchy - September 26 & September 28
More info

Mr. Pig - October 1 & October 2
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See complete list of films and showtimes

8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 15th through October 5th
Tickets $14\$12 for AFI members

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October 5, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Come taste cuisine from Paraguay, Mexico, El Salvador, and Venezuela while sipping on Argentinian & Chilean wine, Costa Rican beer, Dominican rum mojitos, and Peruvian pisco. Finish it all off with Portuguese natas, Ecuadorean chocolate, and Guatemalan coffee.

The program will include music from Spain by the Pavel Urkiza duet with percussion by Rigel Pérez, dance from Panama by GRUFOLPAWA, and music from Colombia by Verny Varela.

The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit will also be on display and the evening will include a raffle for two round-trip business class plane tickets to Lima, Peru, Brazilian Cachaça, Cuban cigars, and the book 'I had to survive' by Roberto Canessa of Uruguay. Plus, all guests will walk away with a special surprise from Honduras.

See a video of previous years (Courtesy of International Club DC)

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30pm
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All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2016 season of Mexican Table, a program dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity and to demonstrating why Mexican cuisine was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010!

2016 Sessions

October 19, 6:45pm (SOLD OUT) - Mexican Table will then host special guest chef Ana Saldaña in a session titled A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel focusing on the agave. The chefs will take diners on a culinary journey through the different regions of Mexico to learn about the diverse uses of the amazing agave, whose history begins in pre-hispanic times and tells the story of a nation rich in cultural and culinary heritage.

December 8, 6:45pm - Mexican Table will host special guest chef Aquiles Chávez as he presents Tabasco: Flavors from Eden. Tabasco, a southern Mexican state, is a large agricultural production center whose traditional recipes are some of the most authentic due to the continued use of pre-Columbian recipes and ingredients.

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Tables fill as reservations are made. If you wish to sit with friends but have purchased tickets individually, please contact Pilar Orozco at porozco@instituteofmexicodc.org.

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

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
More Info here

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:00pm at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Be sure to catch Luz de Riada, a Jazz/rock/folk ensemble from Mexico City, for the Washington DC stop of their US tour!

Formed by Ramsés Luna in 2010, the band released its debut album in 2011 titled "Cuentos y Fábulas" (Tales and Fables) to great international critical and fan acclaim. Following 3 years of touring and shows in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina they released their second album "Cuentos y Fábulas vol 2" which is a live compilation of several key performances in Mexico City from 2012 and 2013. In 2016, Luz de Riada are back with the final installment of the Tales and Fables trilogy and will be starting a new chapter by touring the USA. Don't miss the chance to see them!

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
September 1, 2016, 6:00pm
Free admission, no free parking

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 3:30pm at the Library of Congress


Join the Library of Congress as it launches the online exhibit The Mexican Revolution and the United States in the Collections of the Library Of Congress / La Revolución Mexicana y los Estados Unidos en las Colecciones de la Biblioteca del Congreso.

Featuring extraordinary items from the Library, including letters from U.S. President William Howard Taft (1909-1913), photographs, books, manuscripts, and maps, the exhibit tells the dynamic story of the complex and turbulent relationship between Mexico and the United States during the Mexican Revolution, approximately 1910-1920.

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Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Hispanic Reading Room, 2nd Floor
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC
September 7, 2016, 3:30pm

Through September 4, 2016 at the George Washington University Museum


In this timely exhibition, forty-four artists, including Mexican artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, share personal and universal stories of migration-from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today's accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland.

Consuelo Jiménez Underwood's work reflects personal border experiences: understanding the interconnectedness of societies, insisting on beauty in struggle, and celebrating my tri-cultural lens. Materials that reflect contemporary hypermodern sensitivity are interwoven to create large scale fiber art inspired in equal measures by land, politics, and the spirit.

Photo by Zachary Marin / The George Washington University.

Learn more about the artists and exhibit here.

George Washington University Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Through September 4, 2016

September 15-19, 2016 at various locations in Maryland


Don't miss the Son Jarocho band Radio Jarocho as they perform at several venues throughout Maryland!

An ensemble of 5 musicians, Radio Jarocho plays music inspired by the towns, the musicians, and the swampy countryside of Veracruz, Mexico. Writing predominantly in the son jarocho style, Radio Jarocho tailors their sound with diverse influences to create a unique and contemporary repertoire. The band has championed son jarocho over the past decade in dozens of concert venues in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, and Boston.

Son jarocho is a traditional music and dance from southern Veracruz, Mexico. The genre finds its roots in diverse Spanish, Mexican, and Afro-Caribbean musical forms, resulting in a uniquely American expression of song and dance.

Learn more about the artists and their performance schedule here.

September 15 at Salisbury University, 7:00pm
September 16 at Annapolis High School, 7:00pm
September 18 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3:00pm
September 19 at IDB Cultural Auditorium, 6:30pm

Sep 8 - Oct 2, 2016 at the Gala Theater


This fall the GALA Theatre will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra with the world premiere of Cervantes: The Last Quixote by Jordi Casanovas. Directed by 2016 Helen Hayes Award winner Jos&eaacute; Luis Arellano from Spain, Cervantes: The Last Quixote features Mexican actor Eric Robledo, who appeared in the Gala Thater's Yerma last year.

In this new play of mystery and intrigue, Cervantes has died in the street. A drunk insists that the man who killed him is the renowned poet Lope de Vega. In Casanovas' tale, the same man recounts the secrets Cervantes shared with him, revealing the most tempestuous period in the great writer's life and the unbridled creativity of his final years.

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Gala Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
September 8 - October 2, 2016

October 14 - 16, 2016 at the Lincoln Theater


Dont miss the opportunity to hear Mexican artist Pedro Reyes speak about art and social change at this year's Creative Time Summit!

The Creative Time Summit is the leading conference devoted to exploring the intersection of art and politics. Occurring in the nation's capital just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, The Creative Time Summit DC will take this historic moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy.

For speakers, schedules, and more about the Summit, click here.

1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 14 - 16, 2016