MEXICO CITY ART WEEK 2018 \ Guide
1. Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura. Calle General Francisco Ramírez 4, Miguel Hidalgo, Ampliación Daniel Garza, 11840
Archivo(s) Centro SCOP. Damaged by the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017, today the future of the emblematic SCOP Center and its 65,000 sq ft artistic heritage of murals and sculptures is uncertain. The third exhibition in the Archivo(s) series is an urgent reflection on a series of complex, problematic questions related to the modern Mexican heritage affected by these devastating earthquakes
2. Máximo Bistrot. Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, 06700
Chef Eduardo García and his kitchen team visit the local markets each morning, using fresh produce from in and around Mexico City. The menu changes daily.
3. Rokai. Río Ebro 87, Cuauhtémoc, 06500
One of the only places to find authentic sushi in Mexico City. Reservations a must.
4. Lardo. Agustín Melgar 6, Condesa, 06140
Quality ingredients and simple preparations make this Condesa neighborhood spot a Collecteurs favorite. Brunch on huevos and cardamom buns amongst lush foliage, but be sure to book in advance or expect a long wait on weekends.
5. Xaman. Copenhague 6, Colonia Juárez
This Juárez late-night spot is the first in Latin America opened by team Le Baron who've joined forces with local collective Sicario to bring us some of the best cocktails in the city.
6. Rosetta. Calle Colima, 166, Col. Roma Norte, 06700
In a grand Colonia Roma townhouse, Chef Elena Reygadas of Lardo (see above) serves up simple, uncomplicated fare using artisanal Mexican ingredients.
7. Espacio Escultórico. Centro Cultural Universitario, Mario de La Cueva, Coyoacán, Universitaria, 04510
Opened in 1979, this cultural space was designed by one of the most prominent Mexican Sculptors, Federico Silva, and is considered by many as one of Latin America’s most significant works of land art.
8. Ignacia Guest House. Jalapa 208, Roma Norte, 06700
Originally a private mansion constructed in 1913 and named after a beloved housekeeper that resided there for 70 years, this brand new hideaway in the heart of Colonia Roma features no more than five suites, which feel more like part of a household, than anything else.
9. Capilla de las Capuchinas by Luis Barragán. Col. de, Miguel Hidalgo 43, Tlalpan Centro I, 14000
#43 on Calle Hidalgo holds a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Luis Barragán’s little known masterpieces. It is still used regularly by the Convent of the Capuchinas Sacramentarias. Visits by appointment only.
10. Salón Acme. General Prim 30 y 32, Colonia Juárez
Salón Acme began 5 years ago as a platform for emerging artists without representation and under-recognized artists with galleries. All artists enter an open call, and with over 800 entries for participation, this year's Salón is sure to be the most competitive yet. The crumbling building it's housed in is a sight to see in and of itself.
11. La Terraza at Hotel Condesa DF. Av. Veracruz 102, Roma Norte, 06700
Grab a drink on the rooftop terrace at Hotel Condesa DF and enjoy a birds eye view over the lush and leafy neighborhood of Condesa. Equally as nice is a quick alfresco breakfast in El Patio downstairs.
12. kurimanzutto. Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850
For her first exhibition at kurimanzutto, Nairy Baghramian presents recent sculptures collectively titled Maintainers. Each work consists of three interdependent elements – raw aluminum casts, colored wax forms and lacquer painted braces. Their material nature implies a submissive utilitarian purpose, as they exist to preserve their aluminum counterparts who could gradually consume them over time. Opens February 10th.
13. Bruce Nauman: Parameters @ Casa Luis Barragán. General Francisco Ramírez 12-14, Miguel Hidalgo, Ampliación Daniel Garza, 11840
Casa Luis Barragán presents Parameters, Bruce Nauman's first exhibition in Mexico. A selection of five videos ranging from 1968 to 1999 are displayed around the house and the studio, establishing a dialogue with the architecture of Luis Barragán.
14. Antonin Artaud @ Museo Tamayo. Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11580
Artaud 1936 celebrates the poetics of the French playwright Antonin Artaud, his legendary trip to Mexico in 1936, and the influence of his artistic, literary, and life legacy in the American continent. Opening February 10th.
15. Jose Dávila @ Galería OMR. Córdoba 100, Roma Norte, 06700
Mecánica de lo inestable. Dávila presents two recent groups of sculptural works using various materials balanced by a series of weights and sustained by points of tension. The movement of the spectator in the exhibition space suddenly presents new and often dramatic angles and perspectives. Opens February 6th.
16. John Baldessari @ Museo Jumex. Boulevard Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11520
Learning to Read with John Baldessari is the first major survey of the artist’s work in Latin America. Featuring over 100 works, the show is a survey drawing on the artist’s practice of addressing pedagogic themes of instruction, the class, and judgment that appear in his work from the 1960s to the present. Each section of the exhibition looks at interpretation from a different perspective, alluding to the lessons the artist’s work conveys, and the impossible task of reading John Baldessari.
17. Salón San Luis. San Luis Potosí 26, Roma Sur, 06700
You’ll know you’re at San Luis when you see a sign that says Su lugar romántico de México (your romantic place in México). For more than 70 years this pub with its red lighting and mirrored walls has been anchored in a past that its clientele seems reluctant to let go. Latino culture is kept very much alive with salsa rhythms and swaying hips. If you’re a fan of the authentic, this night spot is for you.
18. Las Pozas. Camino Paseo Las Pozas s/n, Barrio La Conchita, 79902 Xilitla
Staying through the weekend? Rent a car and take a 7-hr drive north of Mexico City to Las Pozas, the creation of Edward James, the eccentric English poet and artist, and patron of the Surrealist movement. Its origins date back to 1947 when James, living in semi-exile in Mexico, acquired what was then a coffee plantation. For the next ten years James used Las Pozas to plant orchids and as a home for exotic animals. After an unprecedented frost in 1962 destroyed many of the orchids, Edward started building the extraordinary sculpture garden we see today. The design of Las Pozas was inspired both by his orchids and the vegetation of the Huastecan jungle combined with architectural elements taken from the Surrealist movement he was so closely involved with.
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