February 24th through May 30th, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

"25 years 25 artists" is an exhibition celebrating the Mexican Cultural Institute's first 25 years. This visual arts exhibition presents works from several generations and artistic movements. From the contemporaries of the third stage of Mexican muralism, to the members of the "Ruptura" in the sixties, this exhibit explores art that proposed new forms of expression and changed the way art was seen in Mexico. Featuring work from artists of diverse aesthetics, "25 years 25 artists" presents a collection of pieces produced by both Mexicans and others who were born elsewhere but produced their work in Mexico.

The exhibition will include the works of Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Feliciano Béjar, Arnaldo Coen, José Luis Cuevas, José Chávez Morado, Gunther Gerzso, Ariadne Kimberly, Joy Laville, Gabriel Macotela, Jesús Martínez, Guillermo Meza, Luis Nishizawa, Pablo O'Higgins, Arturo Rivera, Vicente Rojo, Raymundo Sesma, Francisco Toledo and Roger Von Gunten. These pieces are part of the Kimberly Collection.

The exhibit inauguration will take place February 24th at 6:45 pm.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 24th through May 30th, 2015
Opening February 24th, 6:45 pm
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission


Tuesday March 17, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to again present the author Alberto Ruy Sánchez as he presents his newest book Nueve veces el asombro. Acompanied by the work's translator, Rhonda Dahl Buchanan, Ruy Sánchez will present and explore his work in a bilingual dialogue.

In 1975 Alberto Ruy Sánchez visited Essaouira, a walled city on the Atlantic coast of Africa whose ancient name was Mogador. Shortly after his first trip to Morocco, Ruy Sanchez began to erect the city of Mogador, first in his imagination and then in the narrative space of five works that explore the paradoxical nature of desire with the four elements as unifying emblems: Los nombres del aire (1987), En los labios del agua (1996), Los jardines secretos de Mogador (2001), and La mano del fuego (2007). Like the last finger of the hamsa, a fifth book, Nueve veces el asombro: Nueve veces nueve las cosas que dicen de Mogador (Mexico: Alfaguara, 2005) accompanies the four novels, offering the reader "poetics of wonder," a compendium of 81 chapters Mogador. In 2014,the five works were united in one volume called Quinteto de Mogador (Quintet of Mogador), and although Nueve veces el asombro appeared as the fourth book of the series, Ruy Sánchez placed it before the other novels because he considered it to be the inspiration for the entire collection. Please join us for an evening of conversation with Alberto Ruy Sánchez and his translator, Rhonda Dahl Buchanan, who will provide "Sketches of Mogador" in an animated conversation about the author's work, with a selection of bilingual readings from Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador.


Alberto Ruy Sánchez is a Mexican writer and editor. Born in 1951, he is the author of tewnty-three books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry translated to fifteen languages who received his Ph.D. from The University of Paris. His novel Mogador, published by City Lights in San Francisco in 1993, was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the most prestigious litterary recognition in Mexico. The University of New Mexico awarded him as Litterary essayist in 1991 an he was also a Fellow of the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation. Since 1988 he has been the Chief Editor and founding publisher of Latin America's leading Arts Magazine: Artes de Mexico.

Rhonda Dahl Buchanan is a Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville. In 2006 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship to translate Alberto Ruy-Sánchez's novel Los jardines secretos de Mogador: voces de la tierra. Her translation, The Entre Ríos Trilogy: Three Novels by the Argentine writer Perla Suez was published in 2006 by The University of New Mexico Press in their Jewish Latin America Series. In 2008, White Pine Press published her translation, Quick Fix: Sudden Fiction, a bilingual illustrated anthology of short short stories by the Argentine writer Ana María Shua, followed by The Secret Gardens of Mogador: Voices of the Earth in 2009.

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March 17 | 6:45 pm


Wednesday March 18, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Sharks of Mexico as part of the 2015 Environmental Film Festival. The documentary's director, Gerardo del Villar, will be in attendance to present his work and participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Sharks of Mexico follows underwater photographer and shark expert Gerardo del Villar and his team of divers, photographers, videographers, biologists, and specialists as they try to prove that Mexico is one of the largest shark sanctuaries on the planet, inhabited by over 100 shark species. With a dedicated team that has been diving, studying, and documenting sharks around the world, Gerardo embarks on the journey of a lifetime. Join the expedition as they are tested, amazed, and humbled by Mexico's stunning underwater habitats and the sharks that call them home. 40 mins.

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Sharks of Mexico will follow a screening of the short film Baja's Secret Miracle. In Baja's Secret Miracle Mario Castro, a fisherman that decided to change the destiny of his community, narrates this wonderful story that takes us on a decades long journey to understand how the town of Cabo Pulmo created the world's most robust marine reserve. Directed by Eliana Alvarez Martinez. 12 mins.

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March 18 | 6:45 pm


March 19th, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Museum of Anthropology! This event will feature a presentation of the book published in the museum's honor. Presenting will be the book's editor Carla Zarebska and the director of the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Dr. Antonio Saborit, along with other distinguished scholars.

The stories that the book holds are those of the collections, spaces and people whose lives are fused with the genesis of the MNA. Featuring not only the fantastic history of the museum's emblematic architecture and collections, the book also discusses the vision of the architects, engineers, and curators that made the museum a reality. Honoring the little recognized work of those who took great pains to preserve the legacy of Mexico's cultural heritage, this book not only honors the museum's history, but makes a place for itself in the museum's legacy.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 19th


March 3 - 24 at the Kennedy Center

 

This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating the cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.



Eugenia León y Las Voces de Mujeres, Voces del Pueblo
March 14 - 15 at the Eisenhower Theater


Over the course of her illustrious career spanning more than three decades, singer Eugenia León has become a Mexican cultural icon. She began her career in the 1970s, singing with groups that reflected the political concerns of young students. In 1982 she had her first solo performance and began building up her repertoire with songs by the Mexican song-writers of her generation. By 1985 she had won the OTI Festival in Seville, Spain and has since continued her career, becoming one of the most respected music artists in Mexico.

In this special multimedia performance, she pays tribute to the greatest Ibero-American female singers. The concert features composers from 13 countries, including Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Violeta Parra (Chile), Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica/Mexico), Lola Beltrán (Mexico), Jesusa Rodríguez (Mexico), Concha Méndez (Mexico), Maristela (U.S./Mexico), Nina Simone (U.S.), and more. Ms. León is joined onstage by artist Cecilia García Amaro who will paint live.

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Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza
March 13 - 14 at the Terrace Theater


Tania Pérez-Salas, praised for her "vivid visual imagination" by the New York Times, is one of Mexico's most accomplished contemporary dancers and choreographers. Made in Mexico XX is a new work, featuring interwoven images rooted in Pérez-Salas's perspective as a Mexican artist with music representing a collage of Mexican composers. Founded in 1994, her dance company is known for its visual imagery, often making use of props and dramatic lighting.

As part of this double bill performance, the Kennedy Center will also host María Muñoz, Artistic Director of Spain's Mal Pelo Dance Company. She brings the U.S. premiere of her evocative 2004 solo piece, Bach, Performed to Glenn Gould's recording of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

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Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso -- A Multimedia Celebration
March 13 at the Eisenhower Theater


Experience a multimedia celebration of three giants of 20th century art, literature, and music, featuring three distinguished speakers whose lives and work have been touched by the masters Neruda, Picasso and Casals. Moderated by distinguished author and critic Marie Arana, the evening offers an array of literary voices, reaching from Spain and Portugal to many countries of Latin America, as well as Africa and the Caribbean. Join the Kennedy Center as authors and scholars alike, such as Mexico's Carmen Boullosa, discuss the lives and work of Iberoamerica's masters of art!

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Metales M5
March 4 at the Millennium Stage


Since its founding in 2005, METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico's leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuoso chamber music, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, and inimitable Latin American charm, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical experiences.

The group has been touring the US and Canada extensively since 2008 and even made its South American debut in Colombia 2012 and its African Debut in 2013 in Algeria. Their music synthesizes classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pop arrangements to produce their very own sound.

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Chef Daniel Ovadía: A Taste of Mexico
March 12 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join Chef Daniel Ovadía as he invites you to sample the flavors of Mexico! Chef Ovadía will take you on a culinary journey through Mexico in this one of a kind cooking class and tasting session. The Chef will demonstrate and speak about his recipes while you get to taste them.

One of the most innovative chefs in Mexico today, Ovadía is a successful restaurateur whose recipes are created through a thoughtful dedication to his cooking and the flavors that inspire it. He is the owner of several restaurants including Paxia and the recently opened Morablanca.

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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 3 - 24


March 24th, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the film Lu-To as part of AACIA's Iberoamerican Film Festival. Lu-To, directed by Mexican Katina Medina Mora, represents Mexico at the festival, bringing a picture of modern relationships to the silver screen. Join the institute for a night of international cinema. Writer and director Katina Medina Mora will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Lu-To portrays a relationship in a process of irreversible decay. A typical contemporary couple, Luisa and Thomas fall in love and decide to live together without having heard each other in depth. Alarm bells begin ringing since their first dates, but they don't pay attention to them since they cannot manage to see beyond their momentary feelings - when there is such a strong passion, reason takes a long nap.


Katina Medina Mora
Drama / 2013 / 62 min.
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2829 16th St NW
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March 24th, 6:45 pm


March 26th, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Experience the contemporary sounds of the Chernicoff-Rácz-Vasco Trio at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Graduates of the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC), the group is violinist Lydia Chernicoff, cellist Dorotea Rácz, and pianist Rodrigo Vasco. The trio will play a selection of 20th and 21st century pieces by both Spanish and Mexican contemporary composers.

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC) was created in 1984 to promote the study, research and performance of Ibero-American music. This includes the compilation of a complete and specialized library of scores, books and recordings of Ibero-American music and fostering the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 26th, 6:45 pm


March 5th - 31st, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building

 

Don't miss Gilberto Aceves Navarro's Bicicletas at the Ronald Reagan Building! Taken from the sculptor's drawing of cyclists in Mexico City, this installation features large steel sculptures that express the character of these vehicles of happiness and health.

Two of these works will be on display at the MCI from March 5th - 31st, with the full exhibition on view at the Ronald Reagan Building. Gilberto Aceves Navarro created the works as a way of paying homage to the bicycle's beautiful form but also as a means of expressing the important relationship between people, cities, and bikes. The works made their debut in Mexico City and made their US premiere in New York last year.





2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 5th - 31st
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission


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. On Saturday June 13 the Institute will host the first Mexican Table for Kids ages 8 - 12, so stay tuned for the announcement. 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.









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