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 5 at the National Book Festival


This year the Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute and Georgetown University, will present a number of events on the works and contributions of Mexican literature with Homero Aridjis, Valeria Luiselli and Álvaro Enrigue.

The Poet as a Public Intellectual
September 5, 11:50 am - 12:35 pm

One of Latin America's foremost literary figures, Homero Aridjis is a writer and poet whose work has been recognized with important literary prizes in Mexico, Italy, France, the United States, and Serbia. Formerly the Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands, and UNESCO, Aridjis is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and since 1985 has published regularly as an editorial page columnist for the principal Mexican newspapers, the New York Times and other publications, writing about politics, literature and the environment. This event will be moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University. Book signing from 1:00 - 2:00pm.

Álvaro Enrigue and other authors on The role of time in contemporary Latin American literature
September 5, 12:45 - 1:30 pm

In a panel moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, Álvaro Enrigue and other authors will discuss the power of time in defining a work's length, or in unfolding a story, and the ways time can intrude in the creative process. Álvaro Enrigue is the author of the novel La muerte de un instalador which won him the Joaquin Moritz prize in 1996. His book Muerte súbita won the Herralde award in 2013 and he currently teaches at Princeton and Columbia Universities in addition to collaborating with publications like The New York Times, The Believer and The London Review of Books. Photo by Zony Maya. Book signing from 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Valeria Luiselli on her works Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks and The Story of My Teeth
September 5, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Lastly, the National Book Festival will host Valeria Luiselli, a writer born in Mexico City, whose writing has garnered much success. A novelist Faces in the Crowd and essayist Sidewalks, her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney's. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015. Book signing from 2:00 - 3:00pm.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 5th

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 École 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 11, 6:00pm at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival


Reach out and touch the sky at a free concert atop the DC metro area's tallest building as Mexico's genre-bending jazz/funk fusion band Troker performs at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival Kickoff Party.

Morphing from jazz to rock, Troker has an explosive energy that international magazine All About Jazz described as "noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, all together wonderful". Their concerts are challenging, full of intense and relentless moments that traverse the lines between musical genres; a true fusion of jazz, rock, funk and hip hop - all with Mexican flair. Troker made waves in 2014, performing at both SXSW and WOMEX, and becoming the first band in history to play two consecutive years at the West Holts Stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. Don't miss this free event with great music, great views, and more!

Tickets here

1812 North Moore Street
33rd Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
Free Admission
September 11, 6:00pm

September 17th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it welcomes Celso Duarte! A multi-talented musician, producer and arranger, Duarte is internationally recognized by artists and critics alike as a virtuoso of the Paraguayan and Mexican folk harp.

One of the top international performers of the Paraguayan harp, he began to study music at a very early age. Over the span of his career, Celso Duarte has been invited to perform with world famous artists such as Plácido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Lila Downs, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder among others.

He has represented Mexico and Latin America in international harp conferences in Japan, Colombia, Venezuela, the United States, Paraguay, Canada, France and Mexico and was the recipient of three Grammy awards for his collaborations with Mexican singer Lila Downs. Celso Duarte has performed at internationally recognized forums such as the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, among others around the world and Mexico. Since 2010 he has represented Mexico in seven different cultural programs at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

Maestro Duarte will be Accompanied by Violeta Ortega - Voice, Jarana, Dance

Ortega studied at the Academy of Dance Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts and the National School of Music of the UNAM. In 2012 she was named a Fonca fellow as an interpreter of Son Montuno, a sub-genre of popular Cuban music.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 17th, 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 works from his book Una nueva diplomacia cultural para Mexico/New Mexican Cultural Diplomacy, a compliation of texts from diplomats and cultural experts. He will also engage in a dialogue with Alejandro Estivill 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

September 26, 7:30pm at the AFI Latin American Film Festival


The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 17 - October 7) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host writer-director Manolo Caro as he presents his film Elvira, I'd Give You My Life, But I'm Using It / Elvira, te daría mi vida, pero la estoy usando on September 26 with a special Q&A and reception after the screening.

In the film Elvira, a forty-year-old mother of two, begins a tireless search for her husband and love of her life after he doesn't return home from buying cigarettes. The clues lead her to conclude that her husband has been having a relationship on the side. Still, the unfortunate discovery won't stand in the way of her mission to find him.

Watch the trailer

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AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
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September 30, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Be sure to witness México Mágico, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet's performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Regarded as one of the foremost chamber music groups in Mexico today, the Quintet is formed of members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. The group's international backgrounds lend a unique sound to their performance of contemporary compositions.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, September 30th, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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The MCI is proud to announce the creation of Mexico's New National Cuisine Promotion Program, which seeks to turn Mexico's national cuisine into an even more dynamic and comprehensive sector within Mexican culture.

Named by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, the traditional cuisine of Mexico is a fundamental aspect of cultural identity, social cohesion, and a factor in community development. Mexican cuisine is a living cultural manifestation of historical continuity, carrying Mexico's traditions in techniques and dishes. This program will strengthen the position of gastronomy as a valuable part of Mexican and global society by supporting, connecting and empowering all involved in this important cultural product.

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September 22 - October 24 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
September 22 - October 24

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The 2015 season kicks off on April 23rd when Mexican Table returns to celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of the MCI by preparing a menu in homage to Mexico's Silver Route. In the colonial era, this route connected Mexico City to Zacatecas, the premier mining area, passing through Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí. The menu will take its inspiration from that era and route, so you will be able to sample both the flavors and the history.

Want to know more about the avocado? On Saturday June 13 from 11:00am - 1:30pm the Institute will host the first Mexican Table for Kids (ages 7 - 14 only, limit 30 participants) focusing on this tasty ingredient. Mexican table isn't just for grownups!

Participants will be part of a top chef style showdown with the avocado. Parents are invited to join the last 15 minutes of the class for the final award ceremony!Ingredients for this session courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.

Then, on December 3rd Mexican Table will focus on the culinary riches from the north of México -- Monterrey, Nuevo León. Pati will co-host this event with a featured chef from that area to close the year in grand northern style.

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.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Through October 8th at DC Public Libraries


Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent. Below are a few Mexican events taking place during the DC Library's Hispanic Heritage Month.

Reader's Theatre Featuring 'Super Cilantro Girl'
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 4 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Library

Super Cilantro Girl by Juan Felipe Herrera is the featured piece. Eight-year-old Esmeralda is transformed into a superhero and flies off to rescue her mother, who visited Mexico without her green-card and is not being permitted to return to the United States.

Maru Montero Dance Company
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 4 p.m. at the Petworth Library
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Library

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month enjoy a Mexican Folk dance performance by the Maru Montero Dance Company.

Mexican Stories and Crafts
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with fun stories about Mexican culture and crafts.

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DC Public Libraries
Through October 8th
Various locations