January 25 - May 5, 2018 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to announce the opening of its next exhibit, A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall, (Una oscura y escandalosa caída de piedras), a collaborative installation by Perla Krauze and Barbara Liotta, artists from both sides of the Mexico-United States border.

A site specific exhibit, A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall was organized by independent curator Laura Roulet. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the poem "Dry Rain" by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, which begins: "At times the poem is a collapse/ a slow and painful landslide/ a dark and scandalous rockfall." Given the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations, this exhibition presents a healing gesture, recognizing our shared history.

Both artists use the material and metaphorical qualities of stone to evoke landscape and classical sculpture. First stacked to form cairns, walls, and shelters, then carved to create figures, stone is an ancient, primary material. Krauze and Liotta use the embedded meaning of natural stone - where it came from, its form, color and texture, what it is used for - to enhance their stacked and suspended sculptures.

RSVP to the January 25 exhibit opening here.

A piece by Barbara Liotta is also currently on view at the Phillips Collection.

Additionally, in celebration of the Jewish heritage of the featured artists, the Mexican Cultural Institute, in partnership with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and PBS host Pati Jinich, will host a dinner featuring a Mexican-Jewish menu and stories from the history of the Jewish Mexican community on January 26, 2018 at 6:45pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Banner images: LEFT - Barbara Liotta, Chorus (2011) RIGHT - Perla Krauze, mixed media installation (2017)

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 25 - May 5, 2018

February 12-March 12 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is excited to host 'Wixárika,' an exhibition of native artisanry presented by the Hermes Music Foundation. The Wixárika, also known as the Huichol, are a native people of pre-colombian origin from Mexico's western Sierra Madre region. For centuries, the Huichol have employed an intricate and painstakingly beautiful beading technique, called nearika, to record their history and spiritual traditons through artwork. This exhibit will present musical instruments decorated in this style by Huichol artisans.

On February 12 the Mexican Cultural Institute will open the exhibit with a lecture by Roxana G. Drexel, from the Hermes Music Foundation. She will speak about the pieces displayed in the exhibit and the Hermes Music Foundation's work supporting native communities by creating sustainable jobs and incomes through artisanry.

RSVP to the opening lecture here!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 12-March 12, 2018

February 21-24 at Various Locations


Don't miss a chance to learn about Mexico's indigenous languages at this year's Mother Tongue Film Festival. Coinciding with the Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna, the festival will present the premiere of Ka Duu/Natural Color, with director Yolanda Cruz and featuring artist Porfirio Gutiérrez at the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian, followed by Ja b'ajlami sok ja chulchuli/The Tiger and the Grasshopper by 68Voces.

The Mother Tongue Film Festival, a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates the United Nations International Mother Languages Day by showcasing recently produced feature and short-length films about the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.

Full schedule here.

Mother Tongue Film Festival
Various Locations
February 21-24, 2018

February 28, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute, the Americas Initiative, and Georgetown University present John Tutino (Professor of History and Director of Americas Initiative at Georgetown University) in conversation with Emilio Kourí (Professor and Chair, History Department and Director, Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago). Moderated by Julia Young (Associate Professor, History at Catholic University of America), the talk will focus on John Tutino's new book The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000.

The evening will begin with a conversation between the author and Emilio Kourí exploring the arguments of the book, the questions raised, and the implications for understanding Mexico's current challenges. The conversation will then open to include the audience.

In The Mexican Heartland (Princeton University Press, 2018), John Tutino offers a new vision of the long course of the history of New Spain and Mexico, setting that history at the center of the rise and development of global capitalism while viewing it from the perspective of the people in the communities surrounding Mexico City. He argues that New Spain and its communities were pivotal active participants in the rise of capitalism before 1800, that the Mexican nation and the same communities were equally engaged in the transformations that created a new industrial world after 1820, and that they were central to the dream of building a more national capitalism after 1920-and to the collapse of that dream and the turn to globalization after 1980.

Books will be available for sale and for signing.

RSVP here!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 28, 2018

March 1, 6:45pm, at the Mexican Cultural Institute


As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present a concert by Dr. Dieter Hennings & the University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet. Dr. Hennings is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky and an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America. Along with Jeremy Andrew Bass, Mario Ortiz, and Andrew Rhinehart, Hennings will play a program centered around the guitar music of the Mexican composer and conductor Juan Trigos (1965-). Following the influence and passion Manuel M. Ponce had for the classical guitar, since 1989 Mr. Trigos has created a remarkable body of works for guitar of great scope, vision, and beauty, that are becoming staples of the Mexican new music repertoire for guitar.

RSVP here.

The 2018 Music Series is a connected and comprehensive program of concerts, conferences, and recitals with some of Mexico and the US's most renowned composers, musicians, and academics. Curated by Mexican musician and composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez (professor at the Eastman School of Music), the program will host an event on the first Thursday of every month from February to December of 2018. See full series calendar here.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 1, 2018

November 3, 2017 - March 18, 2018 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Don't miss the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibit - Tamayo: The New York Years Rufino Tamayo's lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early twentieth century at a time when unparalleled transatlantic cross-cultural exchange was taking place. While living in New York, intermittently from the late 1920s to 1949, Tamayo engaged with the new ideas expressed in the modern art that he saw in museums and galleries. Tamayo: The New York Years is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world.

The exhibition brings together forty-two of Tamayo's finest artworks and offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development-from his urban-themed paintings depicting the modern sights of the city to the dream-like canvases that show an artist eager to propel Mexican art in new directions.

Banner image: Image: Rufino Tamayo, Carnival, 1936, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Above image: Rufino Tamayo, New York Seen from the Terrace [Nueva York desde la terraza], 1937, oil on canvas, 20 3/8 x 34 3/8 in. FEMSA Collection. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo by Roberto Ortiz

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004
November 3, 2017 - March 18, 2018

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2018 season of Mexican Table! Come celebrate eleven years of programming dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity, demonstrating why Mexican cuisine is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!

2018 Sessions

March 8, 6:45pm - Flavors of Oaxaca with Guest Chef Alex Ruiz - SOLD OUT
In this session, Mexican Table returns to the state of Oaxaca to explore more of its rich culinary history and traditions. Joining Pati will be Alex Ruiz, the head Chef at Casa Oaxaca and a noted Oaxacan culinary ambassador. Together, Pati and Alex will dive deep into Oaxacan cusine with a menu you won't want to miss.

June 14, 6:45pm - Mexican Fish and Seafood, from North to South - SOLD OUT
In the heat of the Washington summer, come sample some ways Mexicans like to savor fresh bounties of both the sea and fresh water. From Campeche's "caviar" to an Octopus seared with almond and guajillo, to a traditional beach stand Vuelve a la Vida. Come learn, eat, be inspired, and finish it all off with the sweet taste of coconut.

October 11, 6:45pm - Exploring Mexico's North: Chihuahua - SOLD OUT
Although Mexico's northern states are closer to the US, ironically not many people are familiar with the gastronomy from Mexico's North. In this session, you will take a deep dive into one of Mexico's biggest northern states, one which boasts its unique cuisine and dearly beloved dishes: Chihuahua! From a Sopa de Ajo, to a true Mexican burrito de Chile Colorado, to the very famous Discada, and a sweet taste of their signature crisp apple buñuelos.

December 13, 6:45pm - End of the year in Mexico: Tamaliza! - SOLD OUT
Tamales are eaten everyday in every corner of Mexico, but never are they more expected and lavished than at the end of the year. Join us for a true tamaliza, with tamales we have never made for you and we bet you have never tasted before. Some made with corn masa, rice flour masa and even no masa! Finish with a ponche, Mexico's traditional spiked fruit cider.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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December 7, 2017 - March 25, 2018 at the Art Museum of the Americas


The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the OAS, and the Mexican Cultural Institute, present Palimpsestus: Image and Memory. The seventy artworks on display, produced between 1900 and 2014, include more than 30 artists from ten different countries drawn from Colección Memoria, assembled around artistic activisms by exhibition curator Alejandro de Villota Ruiz, and a selection of iconic modern and contemporary pieces from OAS permanent art collection.

Palimpsestus: Image & Memory surveys the main artistic trends and visual cultures that have developed in Latin America in the second half of the 20th Century. The term Palimpsest, a capitalistic practice stemming from the scarcity of paper as a good for fifteen centuries, is appropriated by the curator to conceptualize the relativity and interrelation of art narratives and aesthetic discourses. It explores art movements from abstraction to new figuration as well as collective memory, through an experimental curatorial exercise based on anachronistic and antagonistic visual essays. Taking its methodological frame from Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne and from Harald Szeemann's catalyst exhibitions, Palimpsestus aims to become a posteriori and an empirical source of interpretation and critical thinking.

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Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
December 7, 2017 - March 25, 2018