September 2, 2017 at the National Book Festival


This year the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present Mexican author Verónica Murguía as part of the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival. This year, the festival will focus on literature for children and youth.

Verónica Murguía is a Mexican fantasy writer who has won multiple prizes for her children's literature and novels. Her first publications in 1990 were a novel entitled "Rosendo" and "Historia y aventuras de Taté el mago y Clarisel la cuentera", which won the National Short Story Prize for Children Juan de la Cabada. In 1993 Murguía was selected for a FONCA Fellowship. She has also been a member of the Mexican National System of Art Creators. In 2005, her book "Auliya" was named one of the books of the year by Banco del Libro of Venezuela and was nominated for the Rattenfänger Prize in Hameln, Germany, as well as being translated into German, Italian, and Portuguese. Her fantasy novel "Loba" was awarded the Gran Angular Prize in 2013 from Spain.

She will give a presentation at the Children's Green Stage from 2:15-2:40 pm pm and do a book signing from 3:00-4:00 pm.

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 2nd, 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 5, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is happy to host Mexican musician and composer Ulises Eliseo for an evening of contemporary piano compositions. He will be playing songs from his album Opus 1.

Ulises Eliseo is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/audio engineer born in Mexico City. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a major in music production in 2016. He studied music composition with Arturo Márquez, one of the greatest living Mexican composers, from 2000 to 2001 and in 2010, and was part of the Mix With the Masters seminar with Andy Wallace in France in 2016. He has a vast repertoire of music for piano, string quartets, electronic music, rock, orquestral, fusion and world music.

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

September 7, 6:45pm at Spain Arts & Culture


In collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Philippines, SPAIN arts & culture will host a presentation by Peter Gordon, co-author of the book The Silver Way, Margaret Myers, Director of the China and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue and Tatiana Seijas, Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University.

Centuries before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was established between Spanish America and China that ushered in a new era of globalization. The Ruta de la Plata or Silver Way began with Andres de Urdaneta's discovery in 1565 of the tornaviaje ("return route"), between the Philippines and Acapulco. It soon catalyzed economic and cultural exchange, integrated world financial markets, engendered the first global currency in the Spanish milled dollar, led to the rise of the first "world city" in Mexico, and established Manila as the primary Asian entrepot.

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Spain Arts & Culture
2801 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 7, 2017

September 8 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join us for a day of academic thought and discussion on Mayan civilization as Georgetown University's Americas Initiative and Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute, present Maya Peoples: Making History, Founding a Civilization, Adapting to Empire, Engaging Capitalism, Migrating with Globalization.

This day-long event will feature a series of lectures and discussions led by prominent scholars from around North America in the field of Latin American Studies. Presenters will include John Tutino (Georgetown University), Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (UT Austin), Timothy Beach (UT Austin), John McNeill (Georgetown University), Geoffrey Wallace (McGill University), Adrienne Kates (Georgetown University), Matthew Restall (Penn State University), and Bianet Castellanos (University of Minnesota).

Attendance is open.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 8, 2017

September 13, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to honor Mexican-American accordionist Eva Ybarra for her receipt of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Eva Ybarra, the "Queen of the Accordion," is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border, and is distinct to that region. Using the accordion as the lead instrument, conjunto bands perform dance music based on Mexican and Czech-German folk forms such as the polka, mazurka, schottishe, waltz, and huapango. As the leader of Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto, Ybarra has specialized in writing and composing original conjunto music while also exploring non-standard chord progressions, advancing the art form's evolution.

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to the United States' traditional arts heritage.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 13, 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.

Tickets & more info

Interested in learning more about Mexico's gastronomy? Find lots more info here at venacomer!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Now open at the Dumbarton Oaks


After its 2016 rennovations, Dumbarton Oaks has reopened, including its Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art.

The Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art comprises objects from the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, the Intermediate Area, and the Andes. Among its most important holdings are a variety of sculptures in stone, from elegant carvings of Aztec deities and animals, to several large relief panels bearing the likeness of Maya kings. Other stonework includes finely sculpted anthropomorphic figurines and polished jade renderings of ritual objects from the Olmec, Veracruz, and Teotihuacan cultures. Assorted stone and ceramic vessels are decorated with painted and carved imagery, elite portraits, and elaborate courtly scenes, providing insights into the artistic endeavors and political and ceremonial pursuits of the Mesoamerican elite.

Piece above: Mosaic Mask
Maya, Late Postclassic
1200-1520 CE
Wood and stone

More info here.

Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007