January 26 - May 13 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Bordes/Borders is a contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda featuring nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds.

The selection exhibited at the MCI questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time 'from the inside out'. These pieces pursue a collective effort to establish a visual dialogue between three spheres of production and their key players: the region, the nation, and the world. Participating artists include Florencia Levy (Argentina), Heliodoro Santos (Mexico), Emilio Chapela (Mexico), Bruno Goosse (Belgium), Miguel Ángel Ortega (Mexico), Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico), Tania Ximena Ruiz Santos (Mexico), Cristiana De Marchi (Italy) and Maya Yadid (Israel).

The January 26 opening will feature a talk by curator Othón Castañeda at 6:45pm, RSVP here.

Banner: Emilio Chapela Pérez, Matamoros-Tijuana, 2014, Video-screening, 15 min.
Above: Florencia Levy, Landscape for one person, 2014, single-channel digital video, 8:16 min.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 26 - May 13, 2017

Coming soon to the Mexican Cultural Institute


El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Bestabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963). Comprised of installation pieces, the exhibit reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them. Romero's works explore these phenomena through symbolic objects, like papel picado and tires, and culinary components, like bread and corn. Her work underscores the role that eating and cooking play in the formation and transformation of Mexican identity. The result is a body of work that places Mexican culture as a fundamental part of the migrant journey from Mexico to the US.

Betsabeé Romero lives and works in Mexico City. For over 15 years her work has developed a critical discourse on issues such as migration, miscegenation and mobility through resemantization of symbols, and everyday rituals of the culture of global consumption. She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond and has participated in numerous residencies and international exhibitions.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Coming soon
Free Admission

Friday February 24, 2017, 7:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


As part of the Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival, the MCI is proud to host a screening of El Sueño de Mara'akame (Mara'akame's Dream). Created to celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity, this festival showcases recently produced feature and short-length films that explore global issues about endangered languages, cultural practices, and communities' work to sustain and revitalize their languages.

The film El Sueño de Mara'akame follows Nieri, a young huichol indian, whose dream is travelling with his band to play a concert in Mexico City. Nieri's father is a Mara'akame (huichol shaman) and has different plans for his son. According to his father, Neiri must find the Blue Deer in his dreams in order to become a Mara'akame and follow tradition. The producer of the film, Masha Kostiurina, will participate in a Q/A at the end of screening.

RSVP to the screening here

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Friday February 24, 2017, 6:00pm at Upshur Street Books


The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and Upshur Street Books present Juan Pablo Villalobos! Don't miss a reading and discussion of "I'll Sell You a Dog," the most recent book in English by the celebrated Mexican novelist.

Juan Pablo Villalobos' first novel, Down the Rabbit Hole, was the first translation to be shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (in 2011). He writes regularly for publications including Granta and translated Rodrigo de Souza Leão's novel All Dogs are Blue (also published by And Other Stories) into Spanish. In 2016 he was awarded the 34th Premio Herralde de Novela for his book "No voy a pedirle a nadie que me crea." His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Barcelona and has two children.

827 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
February 24, 6:00pm
Free Admission

February 2-26 at the GALA Theater


See the US premiere of the play by Mexican playwright Emilio Carbadillo, featuring Mexican actress Julieta Egurrola. Set in Mexico City in the 1960s, Yo también hablo de la rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose) centers on teenagers Toña and Polo who derail a train while playing hooky from school. The details of what happened and the punishment they should face are as different as the spectators who followed the event. This searing look at poverty and society's response to it has become a masterpiece of modern Mexican theatre.

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GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
February 2-26, 2017

February 17 - May 14, 2017 the National Museum of Women in the Arts


Border Crossing presents recent work by Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969), who hand-builds and pit-fires clay sculptures resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life-the plastic bottle. Finding both ancient pottery shards and recently discarded plastic bottles along the U.S.-Mexico border inspired Porter Lara to reconsider the bottle as a "contemporary artifact."

Porter Lara describes her work as a reverse archaeological process in which she digs into issues of the present and the future by applying tools of the past. Through the incongruity of form and material, her works expose the porous nature of "borders" of all kinds, not only physical but also abstract boundaries such as those between art and garbage, and nature and artifice.

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1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
February 17 - May 14, 2017

Through August 6, 2017 the Anacostia Community Museum


What do Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore all have in common? They are all urban areas, are all on the east coast of the United States and all have experienced rapid growth in their Latinx populations, most with spurts beginning in the 1980s-and with Washington leading the way as far back as the 1950s. "Gateways/Portales," an exhibition on view at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration.

The exhibit features several works by Mexican artist, Rosalia Torres-Weiner.

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1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
Through August 6, 2017
Free Admission

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
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
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
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
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

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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