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

October 2 - November 7 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present ...DE PEREGRINA A PEREGRINA..., a photography exhibit created by Mónica Guerrero Mouret that highlights the annual pilgrimage taken by thousands to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The images tell a story of motivation beyond religious belief; they show a pilgrimage born from tradition that has evolved over hundreds of years and is now an identifying aspect of Mexican Culture.

Mónica Guerrero Mouret is a Mexican artist and photographer whose work focuses on Mexican culture and indigenous expression. She has shown her work all over the world including the Museum of Popluar Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico. She is the author, photographer, and editor of the book ...DE PERERGRINA A PEREGRINA... which follows Mónica on her journey with the pilgrims

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 2 - November 7

Tuesday October 13th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Anya Montiel as she lectures on William Spratling's Alaska Project in conjunction with the MCI's exhibit Silver on Silver.

In 1945 the U.S. Department of the Interior contracted William Spratling to develop a silver workshop for indigenous Alaskans. Working from his Taxco apprenticeship model, Spratling proposed a six-month training program in Mexico and by October 1948, seven Inuits had arrived in Taxco to learn from Mexican master silversmiths. What followed is an amazing and little-known story about craftsmanship bringing people together in the post-World War II era.

Anya Montiel is a PhD candidate at Yale University and a curatorial fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Her dissertation investigates the policies of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a federal agency created in 1935 to promote Native American art. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University. Anya has worked in the museum field for more than ten years and has been a writer for the Smithsonian's American Indian magazine since 2002 where she writes about contemporary Native life and art.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Tuesday, October 13th, 6:45pm