Spotlight on MEXICO!

Benito Pablo Juárez Garcia

Benito Pablo Juárez Garcia

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this week, we shine the spotlight on Mexico.  Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the invading French forces of Napoleon III, in a battle that took place on the outskirts of Puebla on May 5th 1862. The Mexican soldiers were under the command of Benito Juarez, Mexico’s first indigenous president.

To find out more about Mexican visual and performing artists in New York take a look at the website of the Mexican Cultural Institute New York   You might also want to visit their current show:  Indomitable: Contemporary Photography from Chiapas   This exhibition presents an overview of Chiapas’ contemporary photography through images captured by young artists in search of new paths and answers. You’ll find a wide array of styles in this show of about 40 photographs.

At The Americas Society through June 18th, you can see the site-specific installation Hemispheres:  A Labyrinth Sketchbook by Silvia Gruner  (Mexico City, 1959) who significantly contributed to the creation of a distinct vocabulary for Mexican contemporary art exploring the relationship between identity and the collective.   

This year the Lark Theatre   will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their Mexico/US Playwright Exchange   

The Jose Limón Dance Company celebrates its 70th anniversary this year!  And the Limón School offers classes, workshops and training programs.

Dzul Dance fuses dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics as a means to communicate indigenous pre- Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture, and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage.

Through May 21st you can see Javier Dzul’s choreography in Cocoa Díos, a high-energy show of transported rituals, music, song and dance – choreography by Javier Dzul – that tells the ancient Mesoamerican legend of how chocolate came to earth. Performances are simultaneously in Spanish and English.  I haven’t yet seen it, but friends have highly recommended this show.

Lotería Perfoming Arts is a sponsored project at Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, dedicated to promote original collaborations between Mexican and American artists through performances and educational programs

Works by Mexican playwrights and artists are regularly featured at the Repertorio Espanol  , the Hispanic Society  (see the earthenware from Puebla in its collection) and El Museo del Barrio 

Since 2008, Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera  has been living in NYC. Catch her performances when she’s in town!

Let me also give a shout out to the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, NE Chapter here in NYC, which has been very active bridging the business communities of the US and Mexico.

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