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

October 2 - November 7 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 Popular Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico. She is the author, photographer, and editor of the book ...DE PEREGRINA A PEREGRINA... which follows Mónica on her journey with the pilgrims

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 2 - November 7

Tuesday October 13th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Anya Montiel as she lectures on William Spratling's Alaska Project in conjunction with the MCI's exhibit Silver on Silver.

In 1945 the U.S. Department of the Interior contracted William Spratling to develop a silver workshop for indigenous Alaskans. Working from his Taxco apprenticeship model, Spratling proposed a six-month training program in Mexico and by October 1948, seven Inuits had arrived in Taxco to learn from Mexican master silversmiths. What followed is an amazing and little-known story about craftsmanship bringing people together in the post-World War II era.

Anya Montiel is a PhD candidate at Yale University and a curatorial fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Her dissertation investigates the policies of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a federal agency created in 1935 to promote Native American art. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University. Anya has worked in the museum field for more than ten years and has been a writer for the Smithsonian's American Indian magazine since 2002 where she writes about contemporary Native life and art.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Tuesday, October 13th, 6:45pm


The Premio Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL) board announced that Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas is the winner of the 2015 FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages.

Vila-Matas, author of such works as Bartleby y compañía, El mal de Montano, Dublinesca, Exploradores del abismo, and many others credits his award to the strong ties that his work has maintained with Latin American Literature over his expansive career.

Awarded at the annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (the world's second largest book fair) the Premio FIL is a prestigious literary award given to authors who demonstrate outstanding command of the romance languages, particularly those whose work is linked to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Thursday, October 15th, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attaches Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Come taste the cuisines of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and indulge in Portuguese natas, Colombian coffee and Ecuadorean chocolate. Accompanying the delicious food are acclaimed new world wines from Argentina & Chile, refreshing Dominican rum mojitos, traditional Peruvian pisco, and effervescent Spanish cava.

The musical program will include Rose Moraes, a Brazilian vocalist whose extensive studies in music have yielded a successful career in Brazil, the United States, and Europe, the Grupo Paraguay de Héctor Muñoz, a harp and guitar trio from the Washington DC area, specializing in classical and popular music from Mexico, North, Central and South America, and Mariachi Los Amigos, founded in DC over 35 years ago and whose diverse repertoire has evolved to include everything from canciones rancheras, to romantic boleros, lively polkas, and hard-driving jaliscienses.

The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit 'Silver on Silver' will also be on display. Featuring silver pieces, photos, and documents, the exhibit details the life and career of famed adventurer,entrepreneur, and silver designer, William Spratling, who transformed the small Mexican town of Taxco into a center of design. The evening will also include a raffle of Costa Rican artisan goods, Cuban cigars and the book Imprints Between reality and invention from Uruguayan photographer Julio Testoni.

See a video of last years event (Courtesy of International Club DC)

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30pm
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October 21st, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue as he discusses his written works and speaks on his experiences as a modern writer of fiction in Mexico.

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.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
October 21st, 6:45pm

October 22nd, 6:30pm at the Goethe-Institut Washington


The Mexican Cultural Institute invites you to a screening of the film Buen día, Ramón (Good day, Ramón/Guten Tag Ramón), presented by the Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut.

A box office hit in Mexico & Europe, Buen día, Ramón follows the adventures of Ramón, who hails from a small Northern Mexican town. Undaunted after five failed attempts to make it across the US border to help his penniless family, an unexpected windfall provides the means to fly to Germany where he seeks out his friend's aunt. She's not at the expected address leaving Ramon to fend for himself stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops a rewarding and touching relationship that spans two different worlds.

Buen día, Ramón won 7 out of 8 Nominations of Diosas de Plata (Silver Goddesses) from Mexican Film Critics Association and has 6 Nominations from the Mexican Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

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Goethe-Institut Washington
812 7th Street Northwest
Washington DC, 20001
Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30pm
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October 27th, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host Pedro Lasch as he presents his book What are we before we are naturalized? Portraiture, Citizenship, and Abstraction. The illustrated bilingual publication catalogs twelve years of archival materials from Pedro Lasch's Naturalizations series (2002-15) and presents new works created during the artist's Provisions research residency in Washington, D.C. (2013-14).

Consisting of the production and distribution of various kinds of rectangular mirror masks, all to be used in specific social situations, the process and title of the series also invites participants to constantly question the "natural" and those institutions-religious, mythological, or governmental-that claim not only to know what is "natural" but are even ready to issue their own stamps of "naturalization". Over the years, the series has included interventions in public spaces, schools, grassroots settings, university seminars, publications, and museum installations, as well as artworks in traditional media such as photography, painting, sculpture, dance, and theater. Taking place in many cities and countries around the world, Naturalizations projects have included hundreds of participants and dozens of partnering institutions.

Pedro Lasch was born and raised in Mexico City. He divides his time between North Carolina, where he teaches Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University (since 2002), and New York, where he leads ongoing projects with immigrant communities and art collectives.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
October 27th, 6:45pm

October 27th, 6:00pm at American University


Through its partnership with American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the Mexican Cultural Institute welcomes Mexican film director Guita Schyfter. In panel discussion with American University professors, Schyfter will discuss Mexican cinema, her films Las caras de la luna and Huérfanos, and will take questions from the audience.

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American University
Hughes Formal Lounge
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20016
October 28th, 6:00pm

at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss Gilberto Aceves Navarro's Bicicletas at the MCI! 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.

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
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The 2015 season kicked off on April 23rd when Mexican Table returned 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 took its inspiration from that era and route, and diners were 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 hosted 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 were be part of a top chef style showdown with the avocado. Parents were 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. To close the year in grand northern style Pati will host an evening of fantastic northern dishes, she will be joined by Chef Adrián Herrera who will bring native knowledge to the menu. Chef Herrera is the owner and chef at "Chef Herrera" in Monterrey, Nuevo León. - SOLD OUT

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

Through October 18th at Arena Stage


On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born - one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. "A writer of comedic skill" (Variety), Helen Hayes and Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuse the Latin American telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Arena Stage
Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Through October 18th

October 24th at The Kennedy Center


The Quetzales Mexican Folk Dance group will be acompanied by Radio Jarocho with special guest Zenen Zeferino for an exciting night of Mexican music and dance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free dance lessons at 5:00pm, concert at 6:00pm.

Northern Virginia's premier Mexican folkloric performing company, The Quetzales will dance to the music of Radio Jarocho and special guest Zenen Zeferino, masters of Mexican son jarocho music. Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and countryside of Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style. They are joined by Zenen Zeferino, an accomplished jarana player and gifted singer. Through his extensive improvisational work he has been an active bearer of the son jarocho tradition by writing and performing verses and poetry that contribute to the son jarocho repertoire .

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Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
October 24th, 6:00pm
Free Admission