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

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

January 9, 2018, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it hosts its first event of the new year with the Trio Nova Mundi. The program, entitled 'Un Viaje por México' (A Trip through Mexico), will feature works by three storied Mexican composers: Manuel M. Ponce, Juan Ramírez, and María Grever. Don't miss your chance to explore Mexico through the lens of musical composition!

Trio Nova Mundi is a dynamic all-women ensemble spanning the Americas in musical training and heritage. This heritage inspires a mission of sharing music globally, a focus on innovative programming featuring new or lesser-known works alongside the classics, and a desire for outreach and community engagement. Since its inception the trio has appeared in concert and with regional orchestras in the US, Africa, Mexico, and Chile. Trio Nova Mundi includes Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin), Elisa Kohanski (cello), and Becky Billock (piano). Pianist Billock will be

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 9, 2018

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

November 11-19 at Various locations


Fotoweek DC is a citywide celebration featuring 150+ exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and providing exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide.

Make sure to see artwork about Mexico at the Immigration in IberoAmerica exhibit at the Hillyer Art Space, the work of Mexican photographer Alejandro Gutierrez at the IDB, and catch the Fotoweek events taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Immigration in IberoAmerica
November 3-December 17 at the Hillyer Art Space
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Visual Metaphors featuring Mexican photographer Alejandro Gutierrez
November 14-29, at the International Development Bank
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Photo by Hans-Máximo Musielik, published for "Haitijuana", a Photographic Essay By Hans-Máximo Musielik, by Sergio Rodríguez Blanco, Voices of Mexico Magazine. CISAN-UNAM, Issue #103

Immigration in IberoAmerica
Hillyer Art Space
November 3-December 17, 2017

Visual Metaphors
International Development Bank
November 14-29, 2017

Various locations
November 11-19, 2017

November 10, 2017 - January 5, 2018 National Museum of Women in the Arts


In this exhibition, Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer transforms the clothesline, a traditionally feminine object, into a tool designed to engage the community and facilitate a dialogue around women's experience with violence-including topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and trafficking.

Mayer has implemented El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project in various museums and communities throughout Mexico, South America, and the United States, asking women from different economic classes, ages, and professions to respond to the statement, "As a woman, what I dislike most about my city is..." Participants write their responses on small pink ballots, which are then hung on a clothesline. The site-specific installation documents the project's results by using content created through community outreach, inviting visitors to add their voices and experiences to the tendedero, or clothesline.

On November 10, 11, and 13 Mexican artist Mónica Mayer will welcome drop-in visitors to the gallery over several days to talk about the history of her El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project. On November 12 the museum will host their FRESH TALKS forum featuring Mayer in conversation with project participants. Don't miss your opportunity to see this impactful work and hear form its creator!

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National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
November 10, 2017 - January 5, 2018