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


 

The Mexican Government is honored to announce that the Acueducto del Padre Tembleque was recently added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The site features the highest single-level arcade ever built in an aqueduct, which has been meticulously maintained with the help of the Embassy of the United States to Mexico.

This 16th century aqueduct is located between the states of Mexico and Hidalgo, on the Central Mexican Plateau. This heritage canal system encompasses a water catchment area, springs, canals, distribution tanks and arcaded aqueduct bridges. Initiated by the Franciscan friar, Padre Tembleque, and built with support from the local indigenous communities, this hydraulic system is an example of the exchange of influences between the European tradition of Roman hydraulics and traditional Mesoamerican construction techniques, including the use of adobe.

In addition to this heritage site, Mexico contains twenty six sites with cultural designations, five with natural designations, and one mixed heritage site including Tulum, San Miguel de Allende and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

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August 9-15, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., in an effort to contribute to the development of professionals within the arts, proudly announces its second Mexican folk dance workshop.

Part of the Institute's Education for the Arts initiative a course entitled II Taller de Actualización de Danza Folklórica Mexicana will take place at the MCI, taught by professors from the the Escuela de Danza Folklórica Mexicana and attended by members of various Mexican folk dance companies from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Mexican Cultural Institute would like to thank the support of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA).




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
August 9-15, 2015



August 16, 2:00 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the Orquesta Mexicana in collaboration with the Bard Music Festival.

The Pasatono Orquesta, masters of traditional music with more than 17 years of experience, will be performing as the new Orquesta Mexicana. Paying homage to composer Carlos Chávez's original 1933 Orquesta Mexicana, the group will be playing arrangements of traditional pieces by Carlos Chávez (1899-1978) and others from the concert series played by the original Orquesta at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940.

The revival is rooted in the cultural heritage Chávez sought to preserve with his orchestra's singular performance. Drawn from the original show, the group will play works including Chávez's La paloma azul; Marcha, Vals, Canción; Cantos de México; as well as Sones de Mariachi (arr. Blas Galindo) and El venado (arr. Luis Sandi), among others.

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Washington, DC 20009
August 16, 2:00 pm


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


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


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.









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