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 exhibit by clicking here.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

October 5, 2016 - January 7, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


This October the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the exhibit The Overflow of Productivity Logic, featuring select works of modern and contemporary art from the Coppel Collection.

The Overflow of Productivity Logic, with works by artists Cristina Lucas, Irving Penn, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and more, features a selection of pieces that, through gestures, evocations, or representations, displace the meaning of some of the conceptual pillars of the prevailing economic model. Through three thematic axes, the exhibit calls into question production processes and economic exchange, reflects upon the role that the economy plays in the constitution of an individual, and challenges the logic of "productivity" within the capitalistic economic model.

As part of the exhibition, on October 12 the Institute will host a lecture by Mireya Escalante, the director of the Coppel Collection. Her talk will explore the exhibit, as well as the history and work of the Collection.

The Coppel Collection was started by Isabel and Agustin Coppel in the 1990s with a selection of Mexican modern art, which they promptly redirected to both national and international contemporary art with an important emphasis on photography. The collection is committed to the research and dissemination of contemporary art, supporting exhibitions, publications, research and art projects.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 5, 2016 - January 7, 2017

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.

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

September 29, 2016, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to honor Artemio Posadas for being named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow and 2016 Bess Lomas Hawes award recipient.

Artemio Posadas is a musician, dancer, teacher, and tireless cultural organizer, and this year's Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow for his commitment to the Mexican tradition of son huasteco.

For the past 34 years, the National Endowment for the Arts has honored the US's master folk and traditional artists with the National Heritage Fellowship. This lifetime achievement award recognizes the ways these individuals demonstrate and reflect the US's living cultural heritage and the efforts of these artists to share their knowledge with the next generation.

In addition to the celebration at the MCI, the NEA will celebrate the 2016 National Heritage Fellow in Washington, DC, at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 5:30pm and a free concert on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009

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
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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 (SOLD OUT) - 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

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

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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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 actors Eric Robledo, who appeared in the Gala Thater's Yerma last year, and Erick Sotomayor , who has appeared in various GALA productions.

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