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Thursday, September 23, 2010

RETHINKING TRADITION: Contemporary Design from Mexico

ARTIST TALK | Saturday, September 25, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
Recycling History: Design and handcrafts
How are Mexico’s oldest artisanal traditions being re-appointed and reinterpreted by contemporary designers? In this discussion, curator Ana Elena Mallet and designers and architects Kythzia Barrera, Manuel Alvarez Fuentes and Ezequiel Farca will explore how the materialized form is replete with historical elements, and design is seen as a social process and instrument for integration in which aesthetic, multi-varied base forms a functional object. This talk is presented in conjunction with RETHINKING TRADITION: Contemporary Design from Mexico exhibition and forms part of AIA DC, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s  Architecture Week 2010.
RSVP for this event to cdiaz[at]instituteofmexicodc.org.

RETHINKING TRADITION: Contemporary Design from Mexico
Rethinking Tradition: Contemporary Design from Mexico presents 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 shows 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.
OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 16, 2010

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

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