June 19th through October 31st, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, entrepreneur and businessman are just a few words that have been used to describe William Spratling, a person who undoubtedly had much to do with Taxco's transformation from small town to center of design.

Granted to the Museo Franz Mayer for a 10-year loan in 2012, this exhibition shows the trajectory of Spratling's vision for design as tool of not only aesthetics, but also one of social transformation.

In four parts covering different themes, silver pieces, including jewelry and documents, seek to show Spratling as a designer committed to his context and his community. Also on display are scores of photographs from the Juan Guzmán Archives (owned by the Televisa Foundation's photographic collections). Exhibited for the first time, the photographs outline the work and personality of one of the pillars of the history of design in Mexico.

If you would like to learn more about the life of William Spratling, click here to download the works used in creating the exhibit.

Photo Credit: Francisco Armando Kochen

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 19th through October 31st, 2015
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission

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


In conjunction with the exhibit Silver on Silver the MCI presents Penny Morrill lecturing on the life of William Spratling. Penny Morrill is an accomplished academic in the world of Mesoamerican art history and an expert on the life and work of William Spratling.

She has authored and edited several books on the Mexican silver industry and Spratling's role in it, including William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance: Maestros de Plata and Mexican Silver: 20th Century Handwrought Jewelry and Decorative Objects. She has lectured throughout North America and Europe and has published numerous academic pieces on Mesoamerican art history.

Penny Morrill holds an M.A. in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Colonial Art History from the University of Maryland. She is a Member and Chair of the Association of Latin American Art Book Award Committee and the founder of the Spratling-Taxco Collection at the Latin-American Library at Tulane University.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear this expert lecture on the life and work of the enigmatic William Spratling.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 9, 6:45 pm
Free Admission

September 10, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Considered one of the leading innovators of historical research, Dr. Enrique Florescano is a Mexican historian who has authored several books and articles on Mexican history, focusing on prehispanic culture, social and economic history, national identity, and more. His lecture will focus on the history and origins of the Mexican flag.

Dr. Florescano studied law and history at the Universidad Veracruzana and received his MA in universal history at the Colegio de Mexico and his doctorate in history at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of the University of Paris (Sorbonne).

Since 1989 he has served as the national coordinator of Historical Projects of the National Council for Culture and the Arts, among many other positions. He is a researcher emeritus member of the National System of Researchers and in 1996 he received the highest award granted by the Mexican government: the National Prize for Arts and Sciences, in the areas of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.

This event will be held in Spanish

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 10th, 6:45pm

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


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present César Villanueva as he discusses new Mexican cultural diplomacy. Villanueva will present some of the research from his book Una nueva diplomacia cultural para Mexico/New Mexican Cultural Diplomacy and will also engage in a dialogue on international relations and cultural diplomacy as they relate to Mexico.

César Villanueva is a doctor of political science, specializing in cultural diplomacy. He got his doctorate the Universidad de Växjö in Sweden and his doctorate in history from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is a professor of government and public administration at the University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on cultural politics and globalization. He holds a degree in international relations from the faculty of political sciences at UNAM. He has taught undergraduate courses on international cultural relations and diplomacy at the universities of Växjö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Washington (Seattle, USA), the American University in Managua (Nicaragua) The UIA, UNAM, and the Matias Romero Institute of the Foreign Ministry. He has also taught courses and conferences in Culture and Contemporary Mexican Art at universities in Mexico, Scandinavia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

His research focuses on the links between international relations and culture, paying special attention to the theoretical discussions of social constructivism and public and cultural diplomacy. In the summer of 2004 he participated in a research residency at the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy at Princeton University. He is co-author of the book The Crossroads of Welfare: Politics, Economics and Culture, (UNAM 2007) Along with his academic work, he has worked as a cultural promoter in Mexico and abroad, giving various workshops for international relations discussing the issues of public and cultural diplomacy and culture and foreign policy.

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