Bordes/Borders is a contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda featuring nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds.
The selection exhibited at the MCI questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time 'from the inside out'. These pieces pursue a collective effort to establish a visual dialogue between three spheres of production and their key players: the region, the nation, and the world. Participating artists include Florencia Levy (Argentina), Heliodoro Santos (Mexico), Emilio Chapela (Mexico), Bruno Goosse (Belgium), Miguel Ángel Ortega (Mexico), Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico), Tania Ximena Ruiz Santos (Mexico), Cristiana De Marchi (Italy) and Maya Yadid (Israel).
The January 26 opening will feature a talk by curator Othón Castañeda at 6:45pm, RSVP here.
Banner: Emilio Chapela Pérez, Matamoros-Tijuana, 2014, Video-screening, 15 min.
Above: Florencia Levy, Landscape for one person, 2014, single-channel digital video, 8:16 min.
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 26 - May 13, 2017
El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963). Comprised of installation pieces, the exhibit reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them. Romero's works explore these phenomena through symbolic objects, like papel picado and tires, and culinary components, like bread and corn. Her work underscores the role that eating and cooking play in the formation and transformation of Mexican identity. The result is a body of work that places Mexican culture as a fundamental part of the migrant journey from Mexico to the US.
Betsabeé Romero lives and works in Mexico City. For over 15 years her work has developed a critical discourse on issues such as migration, miscegenation and mobility through resemantization of symbols, and everyday rituals of the culture of global consumption. She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond and has participated in numerous residencies and international exhibitions.
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 2 - May 31, 2017
Experience the finest string quartet performing contemparary works that both challenge and inspire at the Coolidge Auditorium where the subtleties of this music resonate so powerfully. The fabled Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk, one of the greats of the classical guitar world, will play a new composition by leading Mexican contemporary composer Hilda Paredes, among other works. Paredes' piece, Son de mentes cuerdas is composed for guitar and string quartet and will be making its world premiere.
Firmly established as one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation, Hilda Paredes' work is performed widely around the world. She holds a PhD from Manchester University and, though she resides in London, is involved in the musical life of her native country, having taught at several music institutions in Mexico.
The quartet will also play other shows this spring around the US in Pittsburgh (March 26), Indianapolis (March 29), Buffalo (March 31), and Montclair (April 1).
This program is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.
The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540
Friday March 24, 2017, 8:00pm
Border Crossing presents recent work by Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969), who hand-builds and pit-fires clay sculptures resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life-the plastic bottle. Finding both ancient pottery shards and recently discarded plastic bottles along the U.S.-Mexico border inspired Porter Lara to reconsider the bottle as a "contemporary artifact."
Porter Lara describes her work as a reverse archaeological process in which she digs into issues of the present and the future by applying tools of the past. Through the incongruity of form and material, her works expose the porous nature of "borders" of all kinds, not only physical but also abstract boundaries such as those between art and garbage, and nature and artifice.
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
February 17 - May 14, 2017
What do Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore all have in common? They are all urban areas, are all on the east coast of the United States and all have experienced rapid growth in their Latinx populations, most with spurts beginning in the 1980s-and with Washington leading the way as far back as the 1950s. "Gateways/Portales," an exhibition on view at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration.
The exhibit features several works by Mexican artist, Rosalia Torres-Weiner.
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
Through August 6, 2017
Announcing the 2017 season, and 10th anniversary, of Mexican Table! Come celebrate ten years of programming dedicated to
showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity, demonstrating why Mexican cuisine is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!
March 14, 6:45pm - Mexico & Guatemala Mano a Mano with Guest Chef Mirciny Moliviatis - SOLD OUT
For centuries, Guatemala and Mexico formed part of the viceroyalty of New Spain under the Spanish Colony. From 1821 onwards, Mexico and Guatemala went on separate paths, however, their kitchens retain the memory of their shared past, not only under the Spaniards but also of their Maya heritage. Join us as Mexican Chef Pati Jinich and Guatemalan Chef Mirciny Moliviatis participate in a mano a mano, of ingredients and dishes, that both unite and distinguish Mexican and Guatemalan cooking.
June 15, 6:45pm - Puebla de los Angeles: Culinary Stars from the City of Angels
It is in the city of Puebla, and mainly in its convents, where a lot of the Spanish and Mexican intermarriage or mestizaje of Mexican cuisine took place. With its colonial and baroque influences, themes and tones, some of the culinary stars of the city have remained and continue to be passed on through the centuries. Come take a bite of history!
October 19, 6:45pm - The Magic of Oaxaca
Chef Pati will demo and serve a menu based on the state of Oaxaca. Taking a culinary tour of the state, you will re visit and taste the dishes and flavors from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the city of Oaxaca and the Coast. She will also describe the ingredients, techniques and traditions that make this state one of main cradles of Mexican cuisine.
December 7, 6:45pm - Rediscovering Baja
Baja California has entered the worldwide culinary radar because of its wines, which now stand on par with those from California and France. However, little is known about the culinary roots and creative reinvention happening in Baja kitchens. Join Chef Pati for a culinary reconnaissance of the region.
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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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