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Visit Mexico! Come to the photo exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Philippa P.B. HughesBy Philippa P.B. Hughes on Nov 05, 2012 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (459)

Visit Mexico! Come to the photo exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute

You must know by now that Pink Line Project loves embassy cultural programs. It's so unique to DC and I feel like we don't take nearly enough advantage of it even though it's practically in our backyard. I love to travel and learn about different cultures. Visiting embassies and their cultural spaces is one of the best ways to do these things when you can't travel as much as you like.

One of my favorite places to go is the Mexican Cultural Institute on 16th Street, just below Mt. Pleasant - it's only a 10 minute walk from my apartment and they offer top notch programming in one of the most beautiful buildings in town. Gorgeous Mexican tiles and murals decorate the walls and floors, and the gallery space is perfectly lit and well-proportioned. Having spent a summer in Mexico when I was in high school, I have a fondness for Mexican art and culture and always look forward for opportunities to tell people about the richness of its art history.

Lucky for us, we'll get a chance to poke around inside on Friday when they'll be hosting the opening of a new photo exhibit in conjunction with FotoWeek. Besides some really interesting photography, there will be live latin jazz and wine, too (more things that I like!). I highly recommend it!

More about the Mexican photo show:

Mexico’s politics, diverse landscapes, ancient history and existing culture have lured and influenced photographers since the advent of the medium.  The twentieth century saw many internationally acclaimed photographers travel through Mexico and document the country from their unique perspectives.  Their status, both as outsiders and as artists, gave them a distinctive view on this subject and allowed for a wide range of imagery to emerge in their work. The Embassy of Mexico’s  Cultural Institute is thrilled to partner with Bank of America to present Luces y Sombras: Fourteen Travelers in Mexico.  Open from November 9th through March 2nd,the exhibition finds at its core the twenty hand-pulled photogravures comprising Paul Strand’s seminal 1933 Mexican Portfolio.  Further explorations of Mexico come from renowned photographers Edward Weston, Wayne Miller, and Aaron Siskind, among others. The collection’s diverse array of artists helps capture the sociopolitical realities, local architecture, and startling landscapes of 20th century Mexico through a patently American lens. The exhibition is on loan from the Bank of America Collection. Through the Arts in Our Communities program, the company has converted its own art collection into a unique resource from which museums and nonprofit galleries may borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost, helping them generate vital revenue for institutions. Since the program’s launch in 2008, Bank of America has loaned complete exhibitions to more than 50 museums around the world, allowing them to deliver new experiences while creating traffic and excitement for their institution.

The accompanying exhibit Visions of Mexico: The Photography of Hugo Brehme presents 40 works from Hugo Brehme on loan from the Throckmorton Gallery in New York City. A German émigré and popular postcard photographer, Brehme is perhaps best known for his hand-colored vintage photographs, which capture a Mexico as vibrant as it is timeless.  Brehme’s 20th century Mexico provides thoughtful contrast for La Frontera, a work-in-progress by NYC-based photographer Stefan Falke that chronicles modern-day artists along the US-Mexico border. 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009. The opening is on Friday, November 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The Institute would appreciate an RSVP from you.

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