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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a talk on branding for and marketing to the Hispanic market presented by esteemed Creative Director Luis Fitch.

Founder and Creative Director of UNO Branding, Luis Fitch has lead award-winning branding efforts for top 500 fortune companies including: Target Corp., Nike, Macy's, General Mills and MTV Latino. His work has been awarded by the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists and his prevalent work is profiled in international design and marketing publications around the world.

His presentation will focus on demystifying and designing for the U.S. Hispanic consumer. Attendees will see how Luis's UNO Branding designs for retail, promotions, and product development, utilizing the consumer profiling process.

As part of the event, visitors will be able to see Fitch's proposal for a concept design of a day of the dead altar that will be installed at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:30pm at American University


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute and its close collaborator, The American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, as it hosts a discussion with Margo Glantz as part of the Cátedra Cultura de México program. An acclaimed writer, essayist, scholar, and literary critic, Margo Glantz has become a definitive voice in the world of Mexican literature for nearly 7 decades.

Known for critical analyses of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and other Mexican colonial figures, Glantz also explores her personal history through autobiography, fiction, and testimony. Please join Glantz and a panel of AU scholars and others for a rare opportunity to engage in conversation about the author's life and universally-celebrated work.

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American University
Letts Formal Lounge
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Wednesday October 26, 2016

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.

Luis Fitch will be giving a talk about his work as a designer and brand strategist at the institute on October 25th, where visitors will also be able to learn more about his concept design for the altar.

More info on Luis Fitch's talk

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

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

October 19, 6:45pm (SOLD OUT) - Mexican Table will then host special guest chef Ana Saldaña in a session titled A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel focusing on the agave. The chefs will take diners on a culinary journey through the different regions of Mexico to learn about the diverse uses of the amazing agave, whose history begins in pre-hispanic times and tells the story of a nation rich in cultural and culinary heritage.

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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