June 11 – October 15, 2010
RETHINKING TRADITION: Contemporary Design from MexicoRethinking Tradition: Contemporary Design from Mexico will present over 200 objects created by the most talented and innovative designers in Mexico today. The recent boom in the creative industries has transformed urban centers into artistic labs, and this exhibition celebrates the landscape of Mexico City where a dynamic, cosmopolitan and ever-changing urbanity inspires a new generation of artisans in infinite ways. This exhibition will show how contemporary designers often seek to integrate social, economic and environmental elements through the use of varied objects and materials to create unique products. Seen as a social process and as an instrument for integration, contemporary design has also reclaimed traditional methods of Mexican handicrafts and added inspiring modern touches.
GALLERY TALK | Saturday, June 12 @ 3:00 pmMexico City as a Creative Lab in the Heart of Urbanity: Open House and Gallery Talk with Curator and Designers Innovative, contemporary Mexican designers Emiliano Godoy, Thierry Jeannot and Ariel Rojo will come together to talk about Mexico City´s recent transformation into a creative laboratory where the energetic, cosmopolitan and urban environment inspires them in infinite ways. Whether it is melding economic, social and environmental needs or simply combining disparate elements of the city to create a new object, you are sure to see contemporary design in a fascinating and novel light, illuminated by the dynamism of Mexico´s capital city.
OPEN HOUSE | Saturday, June 12 from 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Visit the Open House to tour the exhibition galleries, meet with the curator and designers, and savor traditional Mexican coffee and sweets. Don´t miss this opportunity to see the most unique, eye-catching and mind-bending designs coming from Mexico today.
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW