On Friday, March 22nd, The Embassy of Mexico's Cultural Institute welcomed the Codex Mexico: The Book as Art exhibition to Washington, DC, in partnership with The Codex Foundation and Stanford University Libraries. The exhibition showcases both Mexico's enormous heritage in the arts of printing, and the Mexicans currently working to renew and enrich such an important legacy. Come explore Codex Mexico, a unique, exciting exposition of artisanal books and printed art at the Mexican Cultural Institute!
These exceptional books reveal a world of rich potential for these new generations of printers, graphic artists, and writers, one inextricably tied to their unique cultural past. Harnessing a printing tradition that thrived even in Pre-Colombian times, twenty-two Mexican artists push the boundaries of bookmaking convention, providing distinctive housing for some of Mexico's most celebrated poets and writers.
In Codex Mexico, Francisco Toledo's somber, articulated slave ships exist alongside the striking, polemic works of California-based Enrique Chagoya. These artists join Arnaldo Coen, Raymundo Sesma, El Nacho, Ninja Press, Peter Koch, among others, bringing a range of artistic techniques and styles to the bookmaking format to create works as distinctive as the colors and materials that compose them.
Artisanal books from Californian and Australian printing presses appear alongside Mexican works, inviting contemplation of parallels and divergences between the cultures, artists, and printers of the exhibition. Inheritors of vastly different traditions, these artists' singular visions reflect a seemingly endless array of possibilities in the art of printmaking.
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 22nd, 6:30pm
Open M-F 10-6, Sat 12-4
Metro: Columbia Heights