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The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York Annual Report 2012

Table of Contents

Board of Directors and Staff


Introduction & Mission

5 - 7

Visual Arts

9 - 36


37 - 48


49 - 64


65 - 78

Performing Arts

79 - 98

Special Events

99 - 118

GalerĂ­a Octavio Paz

119 - 130

Institutional Support & Collaboration

132 - 133

Financial Information

134 - 135

Board Members HONORARY PRESIDENT Carlos M. Sada Consul General of Mexico in New York

BOARD MEMBERS Lorea Canales Gaetana Enders Vartan Gregorian Jorge Mariscal Zarela Martinez Liliana Melo de Sada Enrique Norten Gabriel Orozco Adolfo Patrón Luis Peña Yolanda Santos Kenneth L. Schwartz Denise Simon Susan Segal


Plácido Arango Rita DiMartino Plácido Domingo Henry Kissinger William Luers Thomas E. McNamara William Rhodes David Rockefeller Rodman Rockefeller (†) José F. Serrano Carlos Slim Rafael Tovar y de Teresa

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Amb. Patricia Espinosa Minister of Foreign Affairs Arturo Sarukhan Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Eduardo Ramos Gómez

Eduardo Baca Director General for North America (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Amb. Cecilia Jaber Director General of Educational and Cultural Cooperation

Kevin Dyer

ADVISORY BOARD Dore Ashton Miguel Cervantes Judith Friedlander Juan García de Oteyza Manolo García Oliva Ronald Hellman Isabella Hutchinson Mary-Anne Martin Brian Nissen Richard Peña Pepita Serrano Alan Stoga Edward J. Sullivan Jill Vexler Eliot Weinberger Raúl J. Zorrilla



THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK María Elena Cabezut Acting Director Laura Ramírez Rasgado Deputy Director Jimena Lara Program Coordinator Marina Diez-Canedo Program Coordinator Rosa María Aguayo Program Coordinator Carolina Ferreras Administrator

27 E 39th Street New York, NY 10016

I am pleased to present the outcome of another great year at the Mexican Cultural Institute. As the Institute enters its third decade of continuous work in strengthening the presence of Mexican art and culture in New York, we welcome this exciting challenge with renewed energies. This year also marked the start of a new administration in Mexico, headed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, who prominently championed the promotion of culture as a vital instrument of foreign policy and diplomacy. Along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Council for Culture and the Arts, he strongly supports the Institute’s mission, deeming it crucial for the promotion of our rich culture to the rest of the world. Throughout my activities as Consul General, I am constantly amazed by the impact of Mexican culture and the diversity and depth of all its manifestations on the communities in the Tri-State area - from traditional expressions to the most innovative contemporary visual arts projects. To better serve them, the MCINY is extending its outreach with a new web page, and developing a closer partnership with the Community Affairs department of the Consulate by designing new programming for constituents beyond the metropolitan area. In this sense, the Institute has been an important ally in the creation of a fund to aid the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. I want to mention some special events that took place during the year. The Institute gained its own space with the reopening of the Galería Octavio Paz, an exhibit area originally inaugurated in 1994 but ceded in order to accommodate the rapidly increasing consular needs of the community. Situated on the second floor of the Consulate General of Mexico, this multi-purpose area now provides consular services during the day and cultural programming during the evenings. Since its opening last October, the gallery has hosted four exhibits, two book presentations, an academic conference, and a small live music performance. The MCINY still faces some challenges. We are working hard in order to spread our impact in the larger New York area. The development of a new strategy to work closer and more actively with our Board members and finding a more adequate and permanent space for the Institute are crucial for the coming years. These actions will strengthen the MCINY’s relations with cultural and academic institutions and assist us in launching new projects. This work would not be possible without the combined efforts from the many institutions and individuals that believe in our mission and contribute to the presentation of our programs. I want to thank our Board of Directors; the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Director General of Cultural and Educational Cooperation, Amb. Cecilia Jaber, and the enthusiastic support of her team; as well as the dedication, commitment, and hard work of the MCINY staff.

Carlos M. Sada Honorary President


It is a pleasure to introduce The Mexican Cultural Institute’s 2012 Annual Report. After celebrating its 20th Anniversary last year, the Institute is committed to further strengthening its presence in New York in order to host another 20 successful years. In October, the MCINY reopened the doors to the Galería Octavio Paz. Located within the Consulate General of Mexico, the gallery now serves as a multi-purpose space where the promotion of Mexican art and culture meets the ever-growing demand for consular services of the Mexican community in the Tri-state area. This great achievement could not have been possible without the enthusiasm and involvement of MCINY’s Honorary President Carlos Sada who has given the Institute a special chapter in his agenda. In the following pages you will find the 89 activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute during 2012. These include 20 visual arts projects; 11 film-related activities; 12 performing arts events; 10 concerts; 14 book presentations; 16 special events; and 8 activities held at the Galería Octavio Paz. A special recognition goes out to all the institutions, festivals and fairs with which we partnered with this year. We are proud to mention that the Institute received a Proclamation from the City of New York for “its contribution to the Mexican and Mexican-American community strengthening the image of Mexico and fostering a better understanding of Mexico through its art and culture through the presentation of relevant artistic expressions”. The MCINY wants to thank its Board of Directors for their commitment – vital to the Institute’s activities - and the continuous support of Amb. Cecilia Jaber, Director General of Educational and Cultural Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and her entire team. Finally, I want to acknowledge my colleagues at the Mexican Cultural Institute: Laura Ramírez Rasgado, Jimena Lara, Marina Díez-Canedo, Rosa María Aguayo and Carolina Ferreras for their professionalism, creativity and dedication to every program presented by the Institute this year.

María Elena Cabezut Acting Director



The mission of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York is to strengthen the image of Mexico and foster a better

understanding of our country through its art and culture.

Our objectives include making sure that our activities have

a high and lasting impact among all the multiethnic and multicultural communities in the New York City area. In

addition, the Institute aims to generate interest among the

Mexican communities in the Tri-State region by presenting

Mexico’s most relevant artistic expressions ranging from the Pre-Columbian period to contemporary art.


Visual Arts 9

The Ungovernables New Museum February 15 – April 22 Mexican artists José Antonio Vega Macotela (Born 1980, Mexico City. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Mexico City) and Rita Ponce de León (Born 1982, Lima, Peru. Lives and works in Mexico City) were selected to participate in the second edition of the New Museum Triennial. The exhibition addresses the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Through materials and form, works included in The Ungovernables explore impermanence and an engagement with the present and future.

1. The Ungovernables with curator Eungie Joo. Photo: Clifford Ross. 2. Rita Ponce de León during the lecture A Window into my Practice: Artists from “The Ungovernables” at the Standard Hotel. Photo: 3. José Antonio Vega Macotela, Habemus Gasoline, 2008. Tequila distiller, pipes, tamaleras, electric heaters, glass bottles, crude oil. Photos by Benoit Pailley. Courtesy of the New Museum, New York. 10


4. Rita Ponce de Le贸n Ser谩 el aire el que nos sostenga (It is in the Air that Will Sustain Us), 2012 Ink on wall. Photo: courtesy the artist. 12

Fifty Years of Latin American Art: Selections from the Neuberger Museum of Art UBS Bank Gallery February 28 – May 30 Exhibition curated by Patrice Giasson, Associate Curator of Art of the Americas of the Neuberger Museum and Annabel Rhodeen, Neuberger Curatorial Fellow. Works from contemporary and modern Mexican artists such as Betsabeé Romero, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, José Luis Cuevas, Nicolás De Jesús, Rufino Tamayo and José Clemente Orozco.

1. Curator Patrice Giasson, Consul General Carlos M. Sada, artist Betsabeé Romero and María Elena Cabezut. 2. Betsabeé Romero, Espiral sin fin (Endless Spiral), 2008, five carved tires. 3. Betsabeé Romero, installation view at the Neuberger museum. 13

Inverted Sky Gate Gallery March 1 - March 31 Solo show by Erika Harrsch at Gate Gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition included a variety of installations, kites, entomological boxes and paintings that reflect on topics such as nature, science, commerce, trade and global ethics.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada and artist Erika Harrsch. 2. Performance by Erika Harrsch. 14

Mezcal Art of Oaxaca Hotel Americano March 1 Book launch of Mezcal Art of Oaxaca, a collection of photographs and artwork by Francisco Toledo, Sergio Hernández and Guillermo Olguín. Edited by Carla Zarebska.

Cover of the book by Carla Zarebska (Mexico, 2011). 15

Requiem for María Y Gallery March 9 - April 8 Solo show by Artemio Narro that celebrates the life of Mexican artist María Alós (1973-2011). As enfants terribles, Artemio and María developed a 20 year relationship as accomplices. They were soul siblings in the act of living. The exhibition serves as a homage from artist to artist.

Installation view of the exhibition at Y Gallery.


International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) Brooklyn, NY The participation of the Mexican artists in this program is the result of the collaboration between FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts) and the MCINY. In 2012, the two selected artists were Hilario Ortega and Nuria Montiel OPEN STUDIOS ISCP hosts Open Studios twice a year with approximately 3,000 visitors, including curators, gallerists, and the general public, giving resident artists the opportunity to network and showcase their work. First Semester: Hilario Ortega April 1 – July 31 Hilario Ortega builds machines that arise from questions and reflections related to: life cycle, work, joy, absurdity, open, hurt, rotate, renovate and exhaustion. Hilario Ortega (Mexico, 1977) studied at the School of Art La Esmeralda and graduated as an Engineer from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Second Semester: Nuria Montiel August 1 – November 30 Nuria Montiel presented Mobile Printing Press, a project that focuses on the protests, social manifestations and the resistance of people as a way to understand the socio-political reality of Mexico. Nuria Montiel (Mexico, 1982) studied visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas-UNAM. She is a founding member of the collective La Galería Comercio, a non-profit initiative that presents public art projects on the street in Mexico City.

1, 2. Nuria Montiel, portable printer. 3,4,5 & 6 Hilario Ortega,Trabajo (work), 2013. Performatic piece during the open studios at ISCP that involves the participation of the public. 17

View Wide and Wild The Museum at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology March 15 Artist Sebastiรกn Romo (Mexico City, 1973) held a hands-on workshop that focused on utilizing contemporary art practices to develop and interpret fashion projects.


1.SebastiĂĄn Romo during the workshop. 2. Tanya MelĂŠndez, Curator of Public Programs of the Museum at FIT, organizer of the workshop.


Destination Design: Mexico Museum of Modern Art Design Store April 19 – June 30 This year’s Destination Design Program was presented by The Museum of Modern Art, The Embassy of Mexico in Washington and ProMéxico, showcasing designs from Mexico. A selection of lifestyle products such as tabletop accessories, furniture, desk accessories, stationary, jewelry and toys were available at the MoMA Design stores and online.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhán, Ministry of Economy Bruno Ferrari, ProMexico Director Carlos Guzmán Bofil with Oaxacan artisans Alberta Mateo, Macrina Mateo, Silvia García and Estela Cardozo. 2. Display at MoMA Store, SoHo. 20


Acapulco chair and other designs at MoMA store.


In Reference To: Mexican Women Soho Photo Gallery, Manhattan TortillerĂ­a Nixtamal, Queens June & September Photographic project showcasing portraits of Mexican women who immigrated to the U.S. alongside objects they chose from all their belongings. Alejandra Regalado explores issues of cultural identity, femininity, and the relationship to these themes through personal objects. Regalado was awarded the Individual Artist Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

1. Facade of the TortillerĂ­a Nixtamal in Queens. 2. Photographs by Alejandra Regalado, from the series In Reference to Mexican Women.


Artist in Conversation: Abraham Cruzvillegas with M贸nica de la Torre Americas Society May 4 Conversation between Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas and M贸nica de la Torre, Senior Editor of BOMB Magazine, in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair New York. The artist discussed his extensive work, including his latest film Autoconstruction.

1. Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autoconstrucci贸n (still), 2012. 24


Kykuit The Rockefeller Residency for Mexican Art Conservators Sleepy Hollow, NY July Every year, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with the MCINY hosts a three week residency at Kykuit, the John D. Rockefeller Estate, for two students from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía, ENCRyM, Mexico City; and the Escuela de Conservación y Restauración de Occidente, ECRO, Guadalajara. The selected students were: Diego Iván Quintero and Alejandra Lechuga Álvarez. Participants work in the restoration of the Rockefeller collection under the guidance of Arnaldo Ugarte, Sculpture Conservation Technician at Kykuit.



Portrait of President Porfirio Díaz The Hispanic Society of America September 15 The Senior Curator of the Hispanic Society in New York, Marcus B. Burke, presented the portrait of Porfirio Díaz, created by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. The painting was commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington, founder of the Hispanic Society in 1911.

1. Porfirio Díaz by Joaquín Sorolla 2. The Hispanic Society of America.


8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency Union Square, New York September 29 8 to 8 is an initiative by Blanka Amezkua to invite creative minds to construct, realize and execute a project for 12 hours straight in public. Mexican participating artists included Rafael MelĂŠndez and Hilario Alonso Castillo.

Performances at Union Square.


The Lost Map of Tequaltiche The Hispanic Society of America October 20 The Hispanic Society presented a Gallery Talk with Mitchell Codding, Executive Director of the Hispanic Society of America, on The Lost Map of Tequaltiche (1584). The map that was long believed to be lost has been identified in the Hispanic Society’s manuscript collection.


Independent Curators International Residency (ICI) October 21-30 Independent Curators International, (ICI) serves as a catalyst for independent thinking by connecting curators, artists, and institutions, in order to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. This residency was awarded to SofĂ­a Olascoaga, former Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2010. Her project focuses on critically assessing the productive tension between utopia and failure of intentional community models, developed in Mexico in past decades.

1. SofĂ­a Olascoaga Photo: Fred R. Conrad. 2. Independent Curators International office in Lower Manhattan. 31

The Latin American Photobook Aperture Gallery December 1 The Latin American Photobook is a selection of photographic jourmals from the 1920’s to the present, compiling one hundred and fifty volumes from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. During the one-day symposium to discuss the book, Mexican photographer, Pablo Ortíz Monasterio along with Sara Facio held a panel discussion about Latin American publishers. Photographer Pablo Ortíz Monasterio and Jimena Lara.


How Much Do I Owe You? The Clock Tower, Queens December 12 No Longer Empty, a non-profit arts organization, presented this exhibit that explores the new iterations of currency, value and exchange at this time of financial flux, growing debt and job insecurity. Curated by Manon Slome, the exhibit included works by Mexican artist Erika Harrsch.

Large format currency based kites by Erika Harrsch. Photo:


Shadowboxer Y Gallery October 12 - November 12 Shadowboxer was Ray Smith´s first solo show in New York after 5 year absence. The exhibition featured a new series comprised of a compilation of boxer figures portrayed as various characters. In depicting the figure of the boxer, the U.S.-Mexico artist is personifying the constant battle that artists face in the art world today.

1. Ray Smith and Y Gallery Director, Aldo SĂĄnchez. 2. From the Vegas series. Ink on paper. 3. Installation view of Shadowboxer at Y Gallery. 34


Cuauhtémoc Medina: Curators Perspective The Kitchen December 17 The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series developed by the International Curators International (ICI) as a way for curators to share their research and experiences with audiences in NY. Mexican art critic Cuahtemoc Medina discussed his curatorial project Manifesta 9, presented in Belgium in the context of rethinking the role of biennals as a means of social and cultural intervention.

1. Kate Fowle, Executive Director at ICI and Cuauhtémoc Medina.


Film 37

Cinema Tropical Festival 92Y Tribeca January 21 & 22 Screening of the winning films at the 2011 Cinema Tropical Awards announced last December. El lugar más pequeño (The Smallest Place, 2011) by Mexican director Tatiana Huezo won for Best Opera Prima and Best Director in a Documentary Film. Año Bisiesto (Leap Year, 2010) by Mexican director Michael Rowe won for Best Director in a Feature Film.

1. El lugar más pequeño, Mexico, 2011. 2. Año bisiesto, Mexico, 2010. 38

At the Movies: Huichol Journeys The National Museum of the American Indian March 29 – March 31 The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in cooperation with Cinema Tropical and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York presented three films based on the life of the Wixaritari (huichol) culture: Flores del desierto (Flowers of the Desert, 2009-10) directed by José Álvarez; Yumakwaxa (The Drum Celebration, 2008) directed by Karin Gunn for Centro Rural de Educación Superior en Estipac, Jalisco and En defensa del Wirikuta y la Sierra de Catorce (In Defense of the Wirikuta and The Sierra de Catorce, 2011) directed by Venado Mestizo.

1. Carlos Gutiérrez, Cinema Tropical director and Amalia Córdova, Latin American Program Manager for Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Film and Video Center. 2. Still of Flores del desierto, directed by José Álvarez.


Yulene Olaizola

Artificial Paradises Gastropub Theatre March 30 Cinema Tropical and Interior 13 Cine presented the New York theatrical release of Paraisos artificiales by Mexican director Yulene Olaizola (Mexico, 1983). She studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico City, where she graduated in 2009 with the documentary Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies, a film that was awarded internationally. 40

Visa to Paradise Helen Mills Theatre May 30 Visa al paraĂ­so (Visa to Paradise, 2010) directed by Liliana Liberman. The documentary captures the life of Gilberto Bosques SaldĂ­var, the Mexican Consul General in France from 1939-1942 who was responsible for saving members of the Jewish community and Spanish Republicans during World War II. The screening was organized by the Anti-Defamation League, (ADL).


Orphan Film Symposium Museum of the Moving Image April 13 The New York University Tisch School of the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image presented the 8th edition of the Orphan Film Symposium, a biennial that gathers scholars, archivists, curators, and media artists devoted to the saving, screening, and study of the moving image. Mexican filmmaker Issa Garcia Ascot and Audrey Young presented a restored copy of the documentary Cine m贸vil by Javier Arroyo (Mexico, 1976), and the short film Un modo de decir (Mexico, 2011) directed by Garc铆a Ascot.

1. Audrey Young and Issa Garc铆a Ascot. 2. Stil of the restored documentary Cine m贸vil (Mexico, 1976).


1. Still of “Born Without ”. 2. Eva Norvind. 3. Carlos Gutiérrez with Norvind’s granddaughter Naian Daeva.

Tribute to Eva Norvind Scandinavia House New York University June 13 Cinema Tropical, Scandinavia House New York University and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York paid tribute to Mexican filmmaker Eva Norvind (Norway 1944-Mexico 2006) with a special screening of her film Born Without (2006-2007). The film tells the story of José Flores who was born without arms and with stunted legs who navigates the world with few concessions to his disability and with an unbridled appetite for life. The homage also included the screening of Didn´t Do It for Love (Germany, 1997), a biographical documentary about Norvind directed by Monika Treut. Introductory remarks and anecdotes made by Naian Daeva, Eva Norvind´s granddaughter.


La oscuridad te habla BAM Cinema July 28 The Annual Animation Block Party, dedicated to screening the worlds´ best professional, student and independent work of all genres, presented La oscuridad te habla, directed and produced by Lapis Låzuli Studio, located in Mexicali.


Latin Beat Film Festival Film Society at Lincoln Center August 10 – August 23 In its 13th edition, Latinbeat presented five Mexican films: Fecha de caducidad (Expiration Date, 2011) by Kenya Márquez; Bacalar (2011) by Patricia Arriaga-Jordán; Los últimos Cristeros (The Last Christeros, 2011) by Matías Meyer; Malaventura (2011) by Michel Lipkes and El lenguaje de los Machetes (Machete Language, 2011) by Kyzza Terrazas.

1. Matías Meyer, Consul General Carlos M. Sada. 2. Cinema Tropical Director, Carlos Gutiérrez, filmmakers Michel Lipkes, Matías Meyer, Kyzza Terrazas and Latin Beat Director Marcela Goglio. 45

Jardín en el Mar IFC Center August 17 – August 23 Jardín en el Mar (Garden in the Sea, 2011) is a documentary about art, landscape and the environment. Over a period of four years director Thomas Riedelsheimer followed Cristina Iglesias to the Mexican Sea of Cortez where she was commissioned to create an underwater sculpture. The documentary was presented as part of Docuweeks 2012 and producer Rodolfo Ogarrio was present at the opening.


New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema Yale University

September 27 - September 29

Mexican film directors Jordi Mariscal and Patricia Martínez de Velasco were invited to present their films and participate in a panel discussion about Latin American cinema. Canela (Cinnamon, 2012), directed by Jordi Mariscal, tells the story of young María and her grandmother’s love for cooking who returns to work at her restaurant to find the chef has changed the traditional menu for trendy cuisine. Aquí entre nos (Between Us, 2011), directed by Patricia Martínez de Velasco, is a film about a father and husband who realizes he is a stranger to his family when he stays home from work one day.

1. Jordi Mariscal, Patricia Martínez de Velasco, Festival Director Margherita Tortora and CUNY Film Profesor Jerry Carlson. 2. Aquí entre nos (Mexico, 2011). 47

1.Pedro Armendáriz. 2. Pedro Armendáriz Jr. 3. Blanca Guerra.

Film Series: The Armendáriz Instituto Cervantes October – December The Instituto Cervantes and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York conceived a film series to celebrate the work of the great Mexican actors Pedro Armendáriz and Pedro Armendáriz Jr. A conversation between actress Blanca Guerra and Instituto Cervantes Director Javier Rioyo was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. The series included the following films: El bruto (The Brute, 1952) directed by Luis Buñuel, El crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro, 2002) directed by Carlos Carrera, Cadena perpetua (1978) directed by Arturo Ripstein, The Conqueror (1956) directed by Dick Powell and Gringo Viejo (Old Gringo, 1989) by Luis Puenzo. 48

Litera ture 49

Myriam Moscona & Pedro Serrano Poetry Series New York University February 23 and March 29 Mexican poets Myriam Moscona and Pedro Serrano held bilingual readings of their most recent work as part of the Poetry Series at King Juan Carlos I of Spain Cultural Center. Serrano presented alongside Isel Rivero (Cuba) and Benito del Pliego (Spain) followed by a discussion with Lila Zemborain, literary critic from Argentina. Moscona presented the new edition of her book Negro Marfil / Black Ivory, published in English this year.


Reyes, Borges y Gómez de la Serna Graduate Center, City University of New York April 16 Ana Laura Santamaría (Ph.D. Tecnológico de Monterey), Inés Sáenz (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) and Araceli Tinajero (City University of New York) launched Reyes, Borges & Gómez de la Serna: Rutas transatlánticas en el Madrid de los años veinte edited by Julio Ortega. The book studies the three founders of modern Spanish literature.

Araceli Tinajero during the presentation.


Bruno H. Piché McNally Jackson Books March 2 Presentation of the book Noviembre by Bruno H. Piché, followed by a discussion with Álvaro Enrigue, Editor of Publications at the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA).   Noviembre is a limited edition book and the twentieth volume of the Semáforo Collection, a series published by CONACULTA, Mexico, devoted to essays, stories and poems.

Bruno H. Piché at McNally Jackson Books.


Lloré tan bonito! The City College of New York May 8 The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the City College of New York and The Mexican Cultural Institute of NY presented Aldo Sánchez (Independent curator) and Tomás López Pumarejo (Media Scholar at Brooklyn College) for a discussion on Sanchez´s book in progress ¡Lloré tan bonito! Repercussions of Mexican Telenovela Los Ricos También Lloran (Rich Also Cry) in the Ex-Soviet Union. The lecture was introduced by CUNY Professor PhD Araceli Tinajero.

1. Aldo Sánchez at the lecture. 2. Russian poster of Bogaty Tozhe Plachut (Rich Also Cry), 1992. 3. Press coverage of the visit of Verónica Castro to Moscow in 1992. 53

Photos: Claudia del Balso

Book Expo America Javits Center June 7 Book Expo America, the leading North American publishing event, presented the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) as part of their 2012 program. For BEA’s 2013 edition, The Global Market Forum will focus on Mexico’s publishing world.



DĂ­a E: La Fiesta del Idioma EspaĂąol 49th Street / Instituto Cervantes June 23 Instituto Cervantes invited New Yorkers to celebrate the Spanish language with a street fair featuring games, performances, family activities, and food and drinks from all the Spanish speaking countries and their communities. Mexico presented the New York based musical band Radio Jarocho.

Radio Jarocho


Kokoro: una mexicana en Jap贸n McNally Jackson Books September 7 Araceli Tinajero, professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York and co-founder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, CUNY, presented her latest book Kokoro: una mexicana en Jap贸n (Ed. Verbum, Mexico, 2012) and held a discussion about her experience living in Japan with Daniel Shapiro, Director of Literature at the Americas Society.


The New York Art Book Fair MoMA PS1 September 28-30 As every year since 2008, MXEditions with the support of the Mexican Since 2008, MXEditions participates at the NY Art Book Fair with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute. MXEditions promotes the work of independent Mexican publishing companies and creates a link between Latin American and American authors and editors. This year, the stand presented the work of Enrique Santos, Miguel Fernández, Alejandro Magallanes, Analía Solomonoff, and Nuria Montiel. Mexican poster-magazine COMBO was also present at the fair and represented by its editor, Marco Patiño. 58


Taller de Taquimecanografía Book Launch McNally Jackson Books October 5

Taller de Taquimecanografía or The Shorthand Workshop is a collective literary experiment: an exquisite corpse created by four Mexican women: Aura Estrada (writer, 1977-2007), Gabriela Jáuregui (writer), Laureana Toledo (artist), and Mónica de la Torre (Senior Editor of BOMB magazine). The collaborators presented the results of their work published by Tumbona Ediciones.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada introducing Chihuahua querida 2l. Ron Bridgemon discussing tourism in Chihuahua 3. Chef Aarón Sánchez at Centrico Restaurant

Aura Estrada Gabriela Jáuregui Mónica de la Torre Laureana Toledo


Mexican Itineraries for the Twenty-First Century Graduate Center, City University of New York October 10 – October 12 Mexican Itineraries is a three-day conference in which prominent critics discussed topics in Mexican literature, culture and politics. The conference included discussions with Rafael Lemus (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Mauricio Tenorio (University of Chicago), Froylán Enciso (SUNY Stony Brook), Oswaldo Zavala (CUNY), Pedro Ángel Palou (Tufts University), Juan Villoro (writer) and Rubén Gallo (Princeton University) among others.


Benito Taibo: Persona Normal

Mi Casa es Puebla, New Jersey La Unidad de Voluntarios para la Educacion para Adultos, New York November 11 The Mexican Cultural Institute and the Communities Department of the Consulate General of Mexico in collaboration with Jairo Guzm谩n of Mi Casa es Puebla and Juan Castillo of the Unidad de Voluntarios para la Educaci贸n para Adultos organized a book circle with members of the Mexican community to promote the habit of reading in Spanish. Benito Taibo, author of four poetry books, as well as short stories, arts journalism, and screenplays discussed his latest book with the participants of the book circle. As part of the Celebrate Now Festival, Benito Taibo presented his latest novel Persona normal (Ed. Planeta, Mexico, 2012), a funny, quixotic mosaic of 32 short stories and essays, at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU on November 12.

Benito Taibo at Mi Casa es Puebla, Passaic, New Jersey.


Review 85: Literature and Arts of the Americas Americas Society November 16 Launch of “Eco-Literature and Arts”, the 85th issue of Review magazine. The issue features an article by Daniel Shapiro, Director of Literature at Americas Society and editor of the magazine; and an article by translator Alfred Mac Adam on the the late Carlos Fuentes. Presentation featured a billingual reading by Mexican poet Homero Aridjis (b. 1940, Contepec, Michoacán, Mexico), one of Latin America’s most prominent writers and environmental activists.

Homero Aridjis at Americas Society.


A Tribute to Carlos Fuentes Americas Society November 29 and 30 In this two-evening event, friends and colleagues of the Mexican author, honored and discussed his formidable contributions to the literary world. The first night featured Latin American writers Pedro Ángel Palou (Mexico), Julio Ortega (moderator), Antonio López Ortega (Venezuela) and Jorge Volpi (Mexico). The second evening brought together critics and translators of Fuentes’s work, including Edith Grossman, Suzanne Jill Levine, Alfred Mac Adam, Julio Ortega and Michael Wood. Ms. Sylvia Lemus put together a presentation with pictures of her late husband and shared special stories about him with the audience.   Presented by the Americas Society, The Transatlantic Project at Brown University and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

1. Dan Shapiro, Director of Literature at the Americas Society with Julio Ortega, Antonio López Ortega, Jorge Volpi and Pedro Ángel Palou. 2. Barbara Mac Adam, ArtNews magazine; Mrs. Silvia Lemus de Fuentes; Alfred Mac Adam, translator; Suzanne Jill Levine, translator; Edith Grossman, translator; Daniel Shapiro, Americas Society. Photos by Elsa Ruiz. Courtesy of the Americas Society. 64

Music 65

Riverside Symphony Lincoln Center February 4 The Riverside Symphony interpreted the New York premier of Pluck Pound Peel, by Mexican composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. The piece was inspired by poet RaĂşl Aceves and included an exotic array of plucked instruments, harpsichord, strings and percussion with voice. Ricard Zohn-Muldoon has been awarded by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tanglewood Music Center, Camargo Foundation as well as a Mozart Medal from the Embassy of Austria in MĂŠxico.

1. Ricard Zohn-Muldoon. 2. Riverside Symphony. Photos courtesy of the Riverside Symphony. 66


Daniel Catán

Siempre Catán, Always Catán Lighthouse International March 16 Opera Hispanica honored the late Mexican composer Daniel Catán in a concert that featured pieces from his operas Florencia en el Amazonas and Il Postino. Daniel Catán (1949-2011) was born in Mexico City, studied philosophy at the University of Sussex and music at the Unviersity of Southhampton. He received a PhD from Princeton University. Catán was the first Mexican composer to have an opera produced in the United States. The concert included Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas. 68

Signal Ensemble Plays Hilda Paredes Columbia University School of Arts Miller Theater May 12 The New York based ensemble Signal dedicated this concert to Mexican composer Hilda Paredes at the Miller Theatre. Rooted in Mayan thought, tinged with Indian rhythms and shaped by her studies in London, Hilda Paredes’ music seems to exist outside time and place, evoking ancient Mesoamerican civilization with modern European language. Widely recognized as the leading Mexican composer of her generation, her music is performed throughout Europe and Mexico.

1. Hilda Paredes. 2. Brad Lubman and his ensemble Signal celebrating the angular, exotic oeuvre of Hilda Paredes with this retrospective of her work produced in the past two decades. 69

The Villalobos Brothers Abrons Art Center June 24 The Villalobos Brothers performed at the Abrons Art Center as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. The trio are classically trained violinists and composers from the Caribbean state of Veracruz, Mexico. Through the years, they have developed their own style of “Fast-Chatting Violin.

The Villalobos Brothers


Israel Varela Trio DROM Concert Place September 12 The Mexican musician Israel Varela (born in 1979 in Tijuana, Mexico) presented his new album Zamar, featuring a mix of Mexican, Spanish and Jazz rhythms. Varela studies in Milan and eventually moved to Seville to explore, he studied in Milan and moved to Seville to explore Flamenco techniquies. Varela currently lives in Rome and is a member of the Diego Amador Trio (Spain), the Kamal Musallam Trio (United Arab Emirates), and the Alessandro Gwis Trio (Italy).

Israel Varela


Magos Herrera in concert.

Magos Herrera Abrons Arts Center November 18 Born in Mexico City, singer Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and the most active vocalists of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. Magos blends her classic jazz with Latin-American melodies. For over 12 years she has performed in international performing arts centers and festivals. 72

Coro Promúsica México Carnegie Hall November 3 Coro Promúsica, founded in 1985 by Xavier Torresarpi and currently run by Samuel Pascoe Aguilar, performed in celebration of the Canterbury Choral Society’s 60th Anniversary. The concert was conducted by Charles Dodsley Walker, founder of the Society. The Coro Promúsica has performed with leading Mexican orchestras such as: Sinfónica Nacional, OFUNAM and Sinfónica de Xalapa, among others.

Promúsica choir


© Dinkins / De Jong 2012

A Tribute to Álvaro Carrillo Fonda Restaurant October 29 Fonda Restaurant celebrated Day of the Dead with a tribute to legendary Mexican bolero composer Álvaro Carrillo. Chef Gina Carrillo offered a special Oaxacan dinner while her brother Mario Carrillo performed his father’s most popular songs. The event was held at candlelight due to the after effects of Hurricane Sandy.



Tribute to Chavela Vargas Carnegie Hall November 27 As part of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, Mexican singers Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, Tania Libertad paid homage to beloved Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, who passed away in August. The late Chavela Vargas was the queen of Mexican popular song whose concert at Carnegie Hall in 2003 is recorded in an album.

1. Chavela Vargas. 2. Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas. 3. Ely Guerra, Eugenia León and Tania Libertad at Carnegie Hall. 76


Moncayo at 100 Greenwich House Music School November 11 Mexican pianist and musicologist César Reyes offered a recital in celebration of the music of José Pablo Moncayo as part of the 5th Annual Latin American Piano and Song Festival of New York City. César Reyes graduated from Mexico’s National Conservatory and moved to the United States in 2001. He holds a Master Degree in Music by the City University of New York.

César Reyes, Lázaro Azar and Arturo Rodríguez. 78

Perfor ming Arts 79

Ana Graham and Antonio Vega.

Working on a Special Day The Flea Theater January 5 – January 11 Originally founded in Mexico City by Mexican actors Antonio Vega and Ana Graham, Por Piedad Teatro supports emerging and established theater artists from Mexico and around the world by facilitating workshops, readings and major theater productions in New York City. Por Piedad Teatro teamed up with Play Company to present Working on a Special Day. Filmed by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in 1977, it tells the love story between a mysterious man and an overworked housewife in the heyday of Italian fascism.




Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Hilton Hotel January 6 – January 9 APAP is the world’s largest networking forum and marketplace for performing arts professionals. During the 2012 edition, more than 3,500 presenters, artist, managers and agents attended the fair. The Mexican delegation, coordinated by The Mexican Cultural Institute was represented by: Consejo Nacional para la Cultural y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Centro Universitario de Teatro de la UNAM, Instituto Chihuahuense de Cultura en Ciudad Juarez, Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes de Nuevo Leon, Teatro de la Ciudad de Monterrey and Festival de Música de Morelia, among others.


FLIC Festival Irondale Center January 21 The Feature Length independent Choreography Festival featured Colectivodoszeta, a dance company led by Mexican choreographer Carlos A. Cruz Velázquez. The company presented Mr. Blow, a dark comedy inspired by Velazquez’s childhood and his memories of Mexico.

1. Colectivodoszeta. 2. Carlos A. Velázquez performing.


David Olguín

Made in Mexico: Belize The Room at New Georges, NY May 21 The Play Company and Idea Lab presented Hecho en México, a three day public reading series exploring some of Mexico’s brightest theatrical voices. David Olguín whose play Belize was read by Andrew Garman and Alejandra Orozco.


Amarillo at Baruch College.

Teatro Stage Fest March 26 - October 20

Teatro Stage Fest and the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. featured a reading of Deadline by Sabina Berman at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater; Sudden Death by Sabina Berman, directed by Daniel Jaquez at the Gershwin Hotel; Bird by Mexican company Gallinero Culeko featuring actors Fernando Reyes and Cristian David at Casa Mezcal and Red Carpet Theatre; and Amarillo by company Teatro lĂ­nea de sombra at Baruch College.

Reading of Deadline at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater.





Bird at Casa Mezcal.


Andrea Chirinos

Conductivity Location 1 Gallery June 28 Mexican dancer and choreographer Andrea Chirinos performed Everything Expires during the opening of the group exhibition Conductivity. Andrea’s dance explored fragmented perception and distorted lapses of time, combining elements of humor and theater.


La Casita: Briceida Cuevas Lincoln Center August 11 & 12 In the 2012 edition of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, Briceida Cuevas Cob, a Mayan poet from the Yucatan Peninsula, performed a selection of her poetry in Maya as part of La Casita: A Home for the Heart program. The week-long festival features free music, dance, and spoken word performances within the plazas of Lincoln Center. Briceida Cuevas’ work has been included in anthologies such as Tumbén Ik t‘anil ich Maya T’an (Mayam modern poetry) published in Spain in 1994 and Flor y Canto (INI, UNESCO, Mexico, 1993). She is a founding member of the Asociación de Escritores en Lenguas Indígenas (Association of writers in indigenous languages) in Mexico.

Briceida Cuevas


Celebrate Mexico Now Festival November 3 – 17 In its 9th edition, the festival featured two weeks of activities including these highlights: Award Winning Short Films from the Morelia Film Festival School of Visual Arts Limon Dance Company 65th Anniversary Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Dialogue with Mauricio Rocha Iturbide Center for Architecture Celso Duarte Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture Family Day: Juguetes Queens Museum of Art Benito Taibo King Juan Carlos Cultural Center, NYU Tribute to Chavela Vargas Carnegie Hall Folk Artists and Art: Carlomagno Pedro Martínez and Martha Turok Galería Octavio Paz Magos Herrera Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement Alejandro Escuer: Flying Americas Society

1. Magos Herrera. 2. Limón Dance Company. 92



Ropes by Bárbara Colio.

The Word Exchange Lark Play Development Center Mexico / USA Playwright Exchange Program December 1-10 The Word Exchange is a 10-day residency and theatrical dialogue between four Mexican playwrights, four U.S. playwrights, and the Lark community. It was created as a yearly program by LARK and FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura) with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute in 2006. This year’s program counted with the participation of Mexican playwrights David Gaitán, Bárbara Colio, Saúl Enríquez and Concepción León Mora.

Bárbara Colio


Saúl Enríquez David Gaitán

Leakages and Anticoagulants by David Gaitán.


Guerra: A Clown Play Brick Theater, Brooklyn September 11, 12 & 14 Guerra: A Clown Play, combines slapstick, clown, dance, bouffant, and farce to tell the story of a military outpost’s last stand. Created by La Piara, a Mexican/U.S. collaborative team, Guerra is performed in three languages and features a trio of incompetent officers engaged in a struggle against a vast unseen enemy. Performed by Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova and Madeleine Sierra.

Guerra,by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo. 97

Pro-hombres, a play by Noé Morales Muñoz.

INTAR Theatre Workshop December 11 & 15 INTAR Theatre and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York presented Theater workshops by Noé Morales Muñoz, playwright, director and member of Teatro Línea de Sombra company in Mexico City. Participants explored the links between theater and social practices through a series of practical exercises involving objects, photos and actions.

De Farrucas, Amor y Locura La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club September 28 - October 7 This show merged the performance of Mexican Flamenco dancer María Elena Anaya with poetry, music, and theater to create a unique performance piece that gives a glimpse into the story and life of Mexican poet Guadalupe Amor. With the participation of guitar player Daniel Pimentel and actresses Leticia Pedrajo and Lina Ravines.

María Elena Anaya at La Mama Theatre. 98

Special Events 99

Visit to the MoMA Library MoMA March 21 Milan Hughston, Chief of Library and Museum Archives, along with Sandy Sumano, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Bibliographer for Latin America, gave the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York a private tour of the library at MoMA. During the visit, the Institute was shown several books and documents of significant value to Mexican culture, including letters written by Diego Rivera.

Museum of Modern Art of New York.


PhD Humberto Morales

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla Americas Society May 3 The Consulate General of Mexico and Americas Society with the support of the Government of Puebla, invited Mexican historian Dr. Humberto Morales to give a lecture on the battle between Puebla and the French army on May 5th, 1862.


Conversation with Guadalupe Rivera Chambers Hotel May 14 On the occasion of the closure of the exhibition Murals by Diego Rivera at the Museum of Modern Art, the Consul General and the Mexican Cultural Instituto of New York presented Guadalupe Rivera, daughter of the painter, who talked about her experience growing up with Diego Rivera. The conversation was followed by a private tour of the exhibition.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada, Guadalupe Rivera and her family with Mrs. Sada. 2. Diego Rivera’s exhibit at the MoMA. 102


Photographic Exhibition by Rolando White Mi Casa Es Puebla, Passaic, New Jersey May 5 The cultural center Mi Casa Es Puebla was inaugurated on May 5th by the Governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle. The inauguration featured the exhibit Colección de Fotografías del Estado de Puebla by photographer Rolando White.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada with Dr. Miguel Hakim. 2. María Elena Cabezut with Governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle and Consul General Carlos M. Sada. 104

Buque Escuela Cuauhtémoc Port Authority Brooklyn Pier May 25 As part of New York Fleet Week, the Buque Escuela Cuauhtémoc, a training vessel of the Mexican Navy, was open to the public. The Buque is also a Mexican sailing ambassador.

1. Buque Escuela Cuauhtémoc. 2. Consul General Carlos M. Sada, Borough President of Brooklyn Major Marty Markowitz and Captain Marco Vila. 105

Visit to the New York Public Library NYPL Main branch July 18

Chief of Art Information Services, Clayton Kirking, lead a private tour for the Consul General and members of the Mexican Cultural Institute through the New York Public Library where valuable historical documents related to Mexico were shown by the Departmental heads of the Library.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada and MarĂ­a Elena Sada. 2. Program Coordinators Marina Diez-Canedo and and Rosa MarĂ­a Aguayo with Mr. and Mrs. Sada.


Guelaguetza Poughkeepsie, NY July 7 The Guelaguetza Festival of Poughkeepsie featured Mexican folk dance performances, traditional and popular music, Mexican food and children’s activities to celebrate Mexican culture.

4th Annual Guelaguetza Festival, organized by Oaxacan organizations in Poughkeepsie.


Special Celebration of El Grito de Independencia The New York Times Building September 13 The Consul General and the MCINY celebrated Mexico’s Independence Day with a reception and the traditional Grito as well as a special performance by the music band El Rincón de la Marimba that traveled from Oaxaca, Mexico.

1. Consul General, Carlos M. Sada, during the Grito de Independencia with a representative of the President of the Borough of the Bronx, Rubén Diaz Jr. 2. El Rincón de la Marimba. 3. Consul General Carlos M. Sada with the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Luis Alfonso de Alba and his wife; Naval Attaché of Mexico to the United Nations, Juan Gabriel Gutiérrez de Velasco and his wife; Representative of the President of the Borough of the Bronx, Rubén Diaz Jr. and María Elena Cabezut. 108


El Grito de la Independencia La Boom, Queens September 15 The Consulate General of Mexico and the MCINY hosted a public celebration of the Grito de Independencia, lead by Consul General Carlos M. Sada. The event included performances by El Rinc贸n de la Marimba, Mariachi Real de M茅xico and the Villalobos Brothers.

1. Villalobos Brothers. 2. El Rinc贸n de la Marimba. 3. Consul General Carlos M. Sada at El Grito de Independencia with leaders of the Mexican Community. 110


Empire State Building Special Lighting September 16 The Empire State Building, one of New York City’s most iconic structures, celebrated Mexican Independence Day by lighting the top of the building with the red, white and green colors of the Mexican flag.

The Empire State Building image ® is a registered trademark of ESBC and is used with permission. Photo by Cutberto García.


Arden Rothstein explaining FOFA´s projects to the Governor of Oaxaca.

Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art The Consulate General of Mexico in New York September 15 Arden Rothstein, President of Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA) met with the Governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cue and Consul General Carlos M. Sada to discuss future collaborations. FOFA supports the preservation and promotion of the folk art traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. These traditions are endangered by economic challenges in the region that significantly impact the folk art community.



Cabeza Olmeca United Nations October 14 As an initiative of the Government of Veracruz, Cumbre TajĂ­n and Community Leader Pedro Matar, a replica of a Cabeza Olmeca (Olmeca Head) was exhibited temporarily in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza of the UN to promote the culture of Veracruz and the importance of the Olmecas as the foundation of Mesoamerican civilization.

Pedro Matar, President of Mexican Alliance and Deputy Consul Ismael Naveja with TajĂ­n dancers.


Mexico 200 Años The Mexican Cultural Institute donated two copies of México 200 años, la Patria en construcción published by the Federal Government of Mexico on the occasion of the exhibition shown at Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. The books were donated to the Institute of Fine Arts at the New York University and to the Art department at the New York Public Library.

1. Edward Sullivan, IFA Professor and Mexican Cultural Institute Board Member; Patricia Rubin; Consul General, Carlos M. Sada; Amy Lucker, Library Director; Hope Reilly, Director of Public Relations and María Elena Cabezut at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. 2. María Elena Cabezut with Clayton Kirking, Chief of Art Information Resources and Ann Thornton, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries at the NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. 116

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Following the devastating results of Hurricane Sandy, Consul General Carlos M. Sada, the Department of Commuity Affairs of the Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York created a relief fund for the Mexican families of the Tri-State area affected by the hurricane.


Chihuahua Querida June 3 – June 11 Food is Art, a special program organized by Zarela Martínez, presented Chihuahua Querida, a two week celebration that included several events in different venues. Activities included cooking classes, mezcal and tequila tastings, pottery classes, photography presentations as well as talks on touristic activities in Chihuahua. The activities took place at these New York City restaurants: Jimmy´s, Casa Mezcal, Centrico, Sueños and Greenwich Pottery House. Participants included chefs Zarela Martínez, Julián Medina, and Aarón Sánchez; Pancho Villa´s impersonator, Narciso Martínez; Photographer Raechel Running; Anthropologist Elsa Rodríguez; Conservationist Carmela Wallace; runner Dave Hensleigh and Ron Bridgemon.

1. Consul General Carlos M. Sada introducing Chihuahua querida. 2. Chef Aarón Sánchez at Centrico Restaurant. 3. Chihuahua Querida organizer, Zarela Martínez.


GalerĂ­a Octavio Paz 119

Re-Opening of Galería Octavio Paz October 3 The Galeria Octavio Paz is proud to reopen its doors to the public. In its new phase, the gallery serves as a multi-purpose space for the promotion of Mexico’s culture. Located on the second floor of the Consulate General of Mexico in New York, the gallery also provides consular services to the Mexican community in the Tri-State area.



Alejandro Durán: Washed Up Photographic exhibition October 3 – October 26 Washed Up is an ongoing project by Mexican-born, artist Alejandro Durán that addresses the issue of plastic pollution making its way across the ocean and onto the shores of Sian Ka’an in Quintana Roo, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve. Alejandro Durán is a photographer, filmmaker, poet and educator based in New York and Mexico. The exhibit launched the re-opening of the Galería Octavio Paz at the General Consulate of Mexico in New York.

1. Rosa María Aguayo, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, Consul General Carlos M. Sada, María Elena Sada and artist Alejandro Durán. 2. Laura Ramírez Rasgado, Rosa María Aguayo, artist Alejandro Durán, María Elena Cabezut, International Program Director at MoMa Jay Levenson and Deputy Consul Ismael Naveja. 3. Alejandro Durán, Mar, 2010. 122

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Peregrina: Love and Death in Mexico Book Presentation October 18

Presentation Una pasión peregrina. Alma Reed y Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Peregrina Love and Death in Mexico, University of Texas Press, 2007) by Michael Schuessler and Álvaro Enrigue. Michael Schuessler discovered the manuscript to Alma’s Reed’s memoir in an abandoned apartment in Mexico City where she wrote about her life in Mexico and her relationship with Yucatán Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Schuessler holds a PHD in Hispanic Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles and is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City. Álvaro Enrigue is a writer and editor and was awarded with the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Scholarship for Writers at the New York Public Library.

1. Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Alma Reed. 2. Trio Ponces performing Peregrina, a song written by Yucatan poet Luis Rosado Vega to Alma Reed and musicalized by Ricardo Palmerín. 3. Álvaro Enrigue and Michael Schuessler. 124

Funerary Arquitecture: Photographs by Lourdes Pérez de Ovando Photographic exhibition November 2 – November 30 Lourdes Pérez de Ovando presented a series dedicated to the funerary architecture of Puebla, Mexico as part of the Day of the Dead celebrations of the MCINY. The cemeteries La Piedad, Municipal and Francés were portrayed in her work.

Installation view of Funerary Architecture. 125

Day of the Dead Altar in Memory of Carlos Fuentes November 2 Artists Marela Zacarías and Álvaro Alcocer (Mosco) created a Day of the Dead altar in honor of writer Carlos Fuentes (1928-2011).

Álvaro Alcocer, Rosa María Aguayo, Marela Zacarías and María Elena Cabezut.


Folk Artists and Art: Lecture by Marta Turok and Carlomagno Pedro November 15 Mexican scholar Marta Turok discussed how indigenous Oaxacan artists navigate both “folk” and “high” art markets nowadays and presented awardwinning Oaxacan ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, who is also Director of the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art. The lecture was presented by the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, with the support of Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support was provided by Mezcal Pierde Almas and Toloache.

Marta Turok, translator, and Carlomagno Pedro.


Sergio Hernández, from the series Popol Vuh, 2011.

Sergio Hernández: Popol Vuh December 11 – January 18

The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York presents Popol Vuh, a collection of prints and oil paintings by Oaxacan artist Sergio Hernández. The exhibition is the result of the artist’s research and reflections on the Libro del Consejo (Book of Council) of the Maya Quiché people. The series of artwork is accompanied by a text by renowned historian Miguel León-Portilla and a story by writer Juan Villoro.   During the opening, the book Sergio Hernández, edited by Turner and Banamex was presented at the Galería Octavio Paz with the participation of the artist and Edward Sullivan, Professor at the Department of Art History at NYU.

Sergio Hernández and Consul General Carlos M. Sada.



Edward Sullivan, Sergio Hernรกndez and Carlos Gonzรกlez Manterola. 130

The Institute would like to thank the following institutions and organizations for their support and collaboration during 2012


Abrons Arts Center

Graduate Center, City University of New York

Americas Society

Greenwich House Music School

Aperture Foundation

Hotel Americano

Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)

IFC Center

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Independent Curators International Residency

BAM Cinema

Institute of Fine Arts New York University

Carnegie Hall

Instituto Cervantes Nueva York

Casa Mezcal

INTAR New Works Lab

Casa Puebla

International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)

Celebrate Mexico Now Festival

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU

Cinema Tropical

Lark Play Development Center

Columbia University

La Boom


La Mama’s Theater Club

Empire State Building

Latinbeat Film Festival

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

FLIC Festival

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders

Food is Art

McNally Jackson Books

Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art

Museum of Modern Art


Museum of the Moving Image

Sponsors & Contributors MX Editions


New England Film Festival of Ibero American Cinema

Colgate-Palmolive Company

New York Clown Theatre Festival


NY Art Book Fair

Eugene Krauss

Out-Of-Doors-Festival, La Casita

Fondo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA)

Scandinavia House

Gobierno de Puebla

Teatro Stage Fest

Goya Foods Inc.

The Hispanic Society of America

Jesus J Pena ESQ and Associates

The Play Company (PlayCo)

Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Mexico Tourism Board

The National Museum of the American Indian

Mezcal from Oaxaca

The Neuberger Museum

Mezcal Pierde Almas

The New Museum

Pro México

The New York Public Library

Ruth B. Mendez

The Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.

Y Gallery

Western Union YPO New York Chapter, Inc.


Financial Report





INCOME Contributed Income: Government



Corporate and Individual






Earned Income: Generated Income



Earned Interest Investment

















$ 1,249,161.00

Financial Report

EXPENSES Programs and Events: $





Photo & Copy Service

















Cultural Programs

General Expenses:


Fund Balance for December 31, 2012





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