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 - November 3rd at the Mexican Cultural Institute

The Embassy of Mexico and The Televisa Foundation present the exhibition Gabriel Figueroa, Cinematographer. Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema.


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 a 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
Free Admission

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 Age 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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