October 1, 5:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Embassy of Mexico, through its Cultural Institute, invites you to a recital by Maestro Juan Pablo Horcasitas benefiting the victims of the September earthquakes in Mexico. The donations collected will go to the #FuerzaMexico trust set up to aid recovery and reconstruction efforts. We hope you will be able to join us for an evening of wonderful music to support those in need.

The #FuerzaMexico trust was created by representatives from the private sector with the support of the Mexican Ministry of Finance. Under the guidance of its board of directors, the trust will concentrate funds from both the Mexican Government and donations to apportion rapid, efficient, and transparent aid to those affected by the earthquakes.

Praised for a strong rapport and his superb cantabile, Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Since his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2009 he has been actively performing and collaborating with many artists. As the first-prize winner at the "Manuel de Falla" Piano Competition in Mexico City, he has performed in the main concert halls in Mexico including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and more.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 1, 2017

September 5 - December 29, 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art explores how Southern California-based Chicano and Latino artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political, and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs.

Comprised of 60 artworks from the AltaMed Art Collection, Before the 45th illustrates how decade after decade - from progression to recession - these themes continue to be relevant in our world today. Beginning in the 1970s, artworks from each decade demonstrate the ongoing dialogue begun by the Chicano vanguard and carried on by its successors, all of whom share a connection and resonance with their Mexican ancestry. The selection of works ends at the year 2016, as the exhibition aims to place a question mark on the types of artworks created and ideas to be conveyed in the foreseeable future.

Before the 45th presents a stellar roster of Chicano and Latino artists, including Fernando Allende, Carlos Almaraz, Chaz Bojorques, David Botello, Mel Casas, Enrique Castrejon, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, Roberto Gil de Montes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Ignacio Gomez, Gronk, Roberto Gutierrez, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Jose Lopes, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Andres Montoya, Ramses Noriega, Man One, Viviana Paredes, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Ramirez, Miguel Angel Reyes, Vyal Reyes, Frank Romero, Pepe Serna, Ana Serrano, Eloy Torrez, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Ismael Vargas, Sergio Vasquez, and George Yepes.

Curated by Julian Bermudez and organized by the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 5 - December 29, 2017

September 14 - October 4, 2017 at the AFI Silver Theater


The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 14 - October 4) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema.

Special presentation: I Dream in Another Language [Sueño en otro idioma] | Fri, Sept. 22, 7:30 pm

Featuring Q&A with director Ernesto Contreras and post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute.

When linguistics expert Martín travels to a remote village in Mexico to study the ancient, near-dead language of Zikril, he learns that the only two remaining native speakers, Don Isauro and Don Evaristo, have not spoken to each other in many years. As Martin pushes for a reconciliation and his bond with Evaristo's granddaughter deepens, the painful story behind the rift emerges. This is languorous, engaging cinema with lush cinematography and a poetic underpinning.

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Other Mexican Films:
You're Killing me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) - Fri, Sept. 15, 7:30 pm; Sat, Sept. 16, 4:30 pm
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Tamara and the Ladybug (Tamara y la catarina) - Sat, Sept. 16, 12:30 pm; Sun, Sept. 17, 11:00 am
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The Untamed (La región salvaje) - Fri, Sept. 22, 10:00 pm; Sat, Sept. 23, 10:00 pm; Wed, Sept. 27, 6:30 pm
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Chavela - Sun, Oct. 1, 1:00 pm
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The Night Guard (El vigilante) - Sat, Sept. 30, 5:00 p.m.; Tue, Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m.
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8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 14 through October 4, 2017

September 28, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


As part of the Artistic Residencies program, the Mexican Cultural Institute and FD13 are proud to present the work of Mexican artist Chantal Peñalosa.

Current FD13 artist-in-residence Chantal Peñalosa will present an audio-visual performance building upon research into the painted murals in the Mexican Cultural Institute's historic 16th Street MacVeagh Mansion. Originally constructed in 1910 as a private home, the building was re-designated as the official Embassy of Mexico in 1921. This same year Guatemalan painter Rafael Yela Günther arrived in Mexico where he met prominent painter Diego Rivera in the early years of the Mexican muralist movement. In 1925, Yela Günther was commissioned by the Mexican government to design a series of murals for the Mexican Embassy's Dining Room, connecting the grand Beaux Arts style architecture to the cultural and stylistic traditions of Mexico. The decision also reflected an interest of the time in indigeneity on the South American continent.

Yela's original murals were eventually painted over. Later, other murals were added with more nationalistic scenes composed by Roberto Cueva del Río, a student of the Rivera mural style of painting that was well-established by this time. This second generation of murals remain in the building to this day and display a cross-section of Mexico-s national history. The scenes range from depictions of the mythological founding of Aztec culture, the arrival of Christopher Columbus, rural and agricultural festivities to Mexico's modern industrialization. As a whole, del Río's murals celebrate the continuity of old Mexico and the new.

On September 28th, Peñalosa invites the public at the Mexican Cultural Institute to engage with these competing historical depictions in a performance that employs sound, visuals, and movement.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 28, 2017

October 3, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


As part of the Multiflora Music Festival, join members of the DC music and arts community for a conversation on multiculturalism and diversity in DC's music scene. Presented by Multiflora Productions, DC Music Download and the Mexican Cultural Institute, this panel discussion will dive into topics of cultural diversity in DC music culture, the role of race and ethnicity in cultural divisions and bridging barriers to become a more collaborative creative community. This event is free and open to the public.

Multiflora Productions is a multi-faceted agency in Washington, DC that specializes in expanding the reach of genre-bending multicultural music.


Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 3, 2017

October 4, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is excited to welcome Archaeologist Sergio Gómez for a lecture titled Viaje al Inframundo: El Encuentro con los Ancestros Fundadores de Teotihuacán on findings from the city of Teotihuacán.

The lecture will present a review of the archaeological investigations that Gómez and his fellow researchers have carried out at Teotihuacán in the past few years, images of archaeological materials never seen before, and finally the first results and interpretations of the research that, from their perspective, greatly modify the ideas scientists have had about Teotihuacán. This lecture is not to be missed!

Sergio Gómez is a full-time research professor at the National Institute of Anthropology and History. He has directed several archaeological projects at Teotihuacán and is the author of more than seventy scientific articles in Mexico and abroad that deal with aspects of urbanism, social and spatial organization, foreign presence, writing system and language in Teotihuacán.

This talk will be given in Spanish with English subtitles on the slides. It is presented as the inaugural event of the Teotihuacan: The World beyond the City Symposium presented by Dumbarton Oaks.


Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 4, 2017

October 6, 8:00pm at the University of Maryland


Infused with the passion of flamenco, the funky irreverence of Latin rock, the smooth syncopation of jazz and the mathematical precision of classical music, La Manta turns traditional Mexican music on its head. In this texturally diverse fusion performance, the group hums with Mexican pride while showcasing its wide range and buoyantly energetic sound.

La Manta hails from Xalapa, Veracruz, and has flourished since its founding in 2009, sharing the stage with international artists like Regina Spektor, the Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant.

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University of Maryland
7416 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20742
October 6, 2017

October 11, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


El Instituto Cultural Mexicano, en colaboración con el Departamento de Estudios de Español y Portugués de la Universidad de Maryland, se complace en presentar una conferencia de la Dra. Cristina Rivera Garza sobre el destacado escritor y fotógrafo mexicano Juan Rulfo.

Cada quien tiene su Rulfo privado. El mío, el Rulfo mío de mí, está tan interesado en producir una obra como preocupado por ganarse la vida. "Lo que pasa es que yo trabajo", dijo alguna vez tratando de explicar muchas cosas. En esta charla, exploraremos los empleos que permitieron que Juan Rulfo cubriera los asuntos de la vida cotidiana y examinaremos qué tanta influencia tuvo todo ese proceso en sus actividades creativas, tanto en la literatura como en la fotografía y la edición.

This talk will be given in Spanish.


Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 11, 2017

October 12, 6:00pm at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage


In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage will welcome the musical stylings of ensemble Tembembe.

Tembembe Ensamble Continuo is a group that strives to research, recreate and disseminate the relationship between music from the Baroque period and our traditional Mexican and Latin American music, breaking down the historical barrier that has been imposed between them, to offer new possibilities to enjoy, understand and interpret these musical traditions today. The group explores the similarities between the instruments and practices belonging to these musical manifestations.

Tembembe is Eloy Cruz, Enrique Barona y Leopoldo Novoa, in addition to guest artists Ulises Martínez, and Ada Coronel.

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Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
October 12, 2017

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2017 season, and 10th anniversary, of Mexican Table! Come celebrate ten years of programming dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity, demonstrating why Mexican cuisine is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!

2017 Sessions

March 14, 6:45pm - Mexico & Guatemala Mano a Mano with Guest Chef Mirciny Moliviatis - SOLD OUT
For centuries, Guatemala and Mexico formed part of the viceroyalty of New Spain under the Spanish Colony. From 1821 onwards, Mexico and Guatemala went on separate paths, however, their kitchens retain the memory of their shared past, not only under the Spaniards but also of their Maya heritage. Join us as Mexican Chef Pati Jinich and Guatemalan Chef Mirciny Moliviatis participate in a mano a mano, of ingredients and dishes, that both unite and distinguish Mexican and Guatemalan cooking.

June 15, 6:45pm - Puebla de los Angeles: Culinary Stars from the City of Angels - SOLD OUT
It is in the city of Puebla, and mainly in its convents, where a lot of the Spanish and Mexican intermarriage or mestizaje of Mexican cuisine took place. With its colonial and baroque influences, themes and tones, some of the culinary stars of the city have remained and continue to be passed on through the centuries. Come take a bite of history!

October 19, 6:45pm - The Magic of Oaxaca - SOLD OUT
Chef Pati will demo and serve a menu based on the state of Oaxaca. Taking a culinary tour of the state, you will re visit and taste the dishes and flavors from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the city of Oaxaca and the Coast. She will also describe the ingredients, techniques and traditions that make this state one of main cradles of Mexican cuisine.

December 7, 6:45pm - Rediscovering Baja - SOLD OUT
Baja California has entered the worldwide culinary radar because of its wines, which now stand on par with those from California and France. However, little is known about the culinary roots and creative reinvention happening in Baja kitchens. Join Chef Pati for a culinary reconnaissance of the region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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