September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


This fall and winter the Mexican Cultural Institute will host the exhibit DELIMITATIONS, which catalogs the work of artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor. The exhibit inauguration will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 6:45 pm and will include a presentation by and discussion with the artists.

DELIMITATIONS catalogs a 2400 mile long, site-specific installation that traces the border between Mexico and the United States as it existed in 1821. In marking the short-lived historic boundary with a series of monuments that mimic those installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the United States, Ramírez and Taylor question the permanence of borders. Their work acknowledges the territory that Mexico lost and makes a claim for the present, not to contest the current boundary but to prompt a recognition that the United States and Mexico have a shared history and common interests.

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This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut's exhibit 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity. You can learn more about their exhibit by clicking here.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 28, 2016-January 28, 2017
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

October 6, 2016 - January 7, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


This fall the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the exhibit The Overflow of Productivity Logic, featuring select works of modern and contemporary art from the Coppel Collection.

The Overflow of Productivity Logic, with works by artists Cristina Lucas, Irving Penn, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and more, features a selection of pieces that, through gestures, evocations, or representations, displace the meaning of some of the conceptual pillars of the prevailing economic model. Through three thematic axes, the exhibit calls into question production processes and economic exchange, reflects upon the role that the economy plays in the constitution of an individual, and challenges the logic of "productivity" within the capitalistic economic model.

As part of the exhibition, on October 12 at 6:45pm the Institute will host a lecture by Mireya Escalante, the director of the Coppel Collection. Her talk will explore the exhibit, as well as the history and work of the Collection.

The Coppel Collection was started by Isabel and Agustin Coppel in the 1990s with a selection of Mexican modern art, which they promptly redirected to both national and international contemporary art with an important emphasis on photography. The collection is committed to the research and dissemination of contemporary art, supporting exhibitions, publications, research and art projects.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 6, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Lecture October 12, 6:45pm
Free Admission

October 27, 2016, 6:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


As part of the Robert A. Pastor North American Research Initiative, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), and the School of International Service will host a panel of emerging scholars to discuss the new agenda for North American integration. This public panel will showcase five international emerging scholars and their work on North American integration, including themes such as migration, populism, the environment, and governance in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The panel will be introduced by CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and the Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Alberto Fierro.

Panelists will include Tom Long, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading (United Kingdom); Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center; Malcolm Fairbrother, Associate Professor in Global Policy and Politics at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom); Alexandra Délano, Assistant Professor of Global Studies at The New School (New York City); and Marcela López Vallejo Olvera, Associate Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Mexico).

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 27, 6:00pm

Opening celebration October 29 from 12:00 - 4:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Day of the Dead celebration! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

This year's celebration will feature an installation piece by Mexican designer and creative director Luis Fitch. Fitch, the director of UNO Branding, will construct an altar-like installation evoking the aesthetics of papel picado, the festive punched paper often used as a symbol in Day of the Dead altars. It will be on view through November 14.

Additionally, the MCI will have a traditional altar dedicated to famed Mexican musician Juan Gabriel, who died earlier this year. Juan Gabriel was one of Mexico's most successful songwriters and vocalists. The traditional altar will also honor the lives of Teodoro González de León, Gloria Contreras, Luis González de Alba, and Ignacio Padilla. It will be on view through November 21.

The opening day celebration will take place October 29th from 12:00 - 4:00pm and will include a musical performance at 12:30. The two attractions will be on display to visitors and school groups during regular hours through their respective closing dates.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Opening October 29 from 12:00 - 4:00pm
Luis Fitch installation on view through November 14
Traditional altar on view through November 21

November 3, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a tribute to famous Mexican dancer and choreographer, Gloria Contreras. The tribute will be led by Contreras's son, Gregorio Luke, and will include a lecture and discussion of Contreras's work and legacy. The lecture is presented in conjunction with The Washington School of Ballet's homage to Gloria Contreras, taking place November 5 & 6 at the Washington School of Ballet.

Gloria Contreras (1934-2015) fused universal ballet with historical Mexican dances for a new definition of modern Mexico. A disciple of Nelsy D'Ambre and George Balanchine she created over 250 ballets, which were presented in the U.S., Russia, Europe and Latin America by companies such as the New York City Ballet, the Joffery Ballet, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet among others. In 1970 Contreras founded the Taller Coreográfico de la UNAM, one of Mexico' most vibrant contemporary ballet companies which she directed for 45 years.

Gregorio Luke is the former Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., Cultural Attaché of Mexico in Los Angeles and Director of the Museum of Latin American Art MoLAA in Long Beach, CA. A Smithsonian scholar, Mr. Luke is an expert in Mexican and Latin American art. He has presented over 1,000 lectures in institutions such as The Library of Congress, the Detroit Institute of Art, Harvard, and many others.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
November 3, 2016, 6:45pm

October 26 - 30, 2016 at the GALA Theater
October 28, 2016, 7:00pm at the GALA Theater


The Gala Theater will open its fifth annual Film Festival, Reel Time at Gala, with a series that explores the socio-political landscapes of Argentina and El Salvador, as well as contemporary and classical films from Mexico.

On Friday October 28 at 7pm the MCI will co-host the screening of the 2015 movie "La delgada linea amarilla," or "The thin yellow line" by the critically acclaimed Mexican director Celso García. The Thin Yellow Line chronicles five financially strapped men from very different walks of life who are hired to paint the center stripe along 120 miles of Mexican state highway. A panel discussion with actor Américo Hollander will follow the screening.

The classic 1934 film, "Wildflower," by Mexican director Emilio Fernandez, will also be included in the festival program, as well as the 2015 film "Bleak Street" by director Arturo Ripstein.

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GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Screening and panel Friday October 28, 2016, 7pm
Festival October 26 - 30

October 27 - November 23, 2016 at Various locations
November 15, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it hosts a screening of Buñuel's Subida al Cielo/Mexican Bus Ride on November 15 and make sure to see the other films being screened as part of the series!

The screening at the MCI will be presented by Cinema Tropical Director Carlos Gutiérrez, who will also present a number of other films at the festival. Carlos Gutiérrez 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 an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).

The Objects of Desire film series is a retrospective of more than 20 of Luis Buñuel's most accomplished films, both canonical screen classics and underappreciated rarities. Luis Buñuel was a Spanish filmmaker who reinvented himself in Mexico City, where he began a prolific and successful career in the 1940s and '50s. This Film series is presented in collaboration with the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, the American University School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, the Cultural services of the French Embassy, the National Gallery of Art and SPAIN arts & culture.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
MCI screening November 15, 2016, 6:45pm
Festival October 27 - November 23

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2016 season of Mexican Table, a program dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity and to demonstrating why Mexican cuisine was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010!

2016 Sessions

December 8, 6:45pm (SOLD OUT) - Mexican Table will host special guest chef Aquiles Chávez as he presents Tabasco: Flavors from Eden. Tabasco, a southern Mexican state, is a large agricultural production center whose traditional recipes are some of the most authentic due to the continued use of pre-Columbian recipes and ingredients.

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Tables fill as reservations are made. If you wish to sit with friends but have purchased tickets individually, please contact Pilar Orozco at

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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