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's 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.

RSVP to the conversation with Gabriel Figueroa Flores here


Presented by Carlos Gutierrez*
Presented by Todd Hitchcock**

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.

To watch the trailer click here

RSVP to the screening of Multiple Perspectives here

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.

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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.

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Carlos Gutierrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. He has served as both expert nominator and panelist for the Rockefeller Fellowship Program for Mexican Film & Media Arts and for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, as well as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students. He holds MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).

Todd Hitchcock is Director of Programming for the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theater. He has been programming films at the AFI Silver Theatre since 2003, including specialty first-run engagements, repertory series, and annual film festivals devoted to contemporary cinema from Latin America, Africa and the European Union countries. During this time he has programmed retrospective series of all shapes and sizes for famous filmmakers and has worked with many partnering institutions such as Smithsonian and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Photo above: Salón México, 1948, Colección Gabriel Figueroa

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Free Admission
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All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to announce the 2014 season of Mexican Table! The season kicks off on March 19th when Mexican Table returns with Diego Rivera's Table in conjunction with our Man at the Crossroads exhibition! Then, on on June 5th, Pati will present the engaging historical session True Fusion: Mexico of the 16th Century, followed by Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier on October 9th, featuring a guest chef from Yucatán! The season will end with the "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on December 4th.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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November 1st - 7th at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Day of the Dead Altar on Saturday, November 1st! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year. This year's Day of the Dead Altar is dedicated to the life and work of Latin American literary giant Gabriel García Márquez.

Born in Colombia on March 6, 1927, writer, journalist, and humanist Gabriel García Márquez died on April 17, 2014 in Mexico City, where he lived for most of the last 50 years. The Nobel-laureate, who epitomized the magical realistic writing movement, wrote some of his best-known works in Mexico, including One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The opening event will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 12 to 4 pm and will remain open to visitors and school groups until November 7th during regular hours.

2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
November 1st - 7th
Free Admission

at the The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Maryland Science Center


Flight of the Butterflies 3D follows the fascinating journey of the monarch butterfly. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award-winning team including Oscar winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies. For a trailer, click here.

The Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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