Museo Dolores Olmedo

This is hands-down my favorite museum in the city both because of its fabulous permanent collection (featuring many works by Frida and Diego) but also because visiting is such an immersive experience. While many tourists lament the location far from the city center and many don’t even make it down to Xochimilco to visit Museo Dolores … More Museo Dolores Olmedo

El Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia

Located in the Plaza Juárez across from Parque Alameda, this museum sits across from the Tribunales Familiares (Family Court) and beside the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); the physical proximity to such important government centers, while perhaps superficially, at least begins the work of furthering the museum’s mission of foregrounding tolerance and historical memory in the … More El Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia

Día de los Muertos : Photos & Octavio Paz’s Insight

In honor of Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico City, I reread Octavio Paz’s classic El laberinto de soledad. Below, I include excerpts from the chapter “Day of the Dead” in the English volume of the text. From Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude (1961), “Chapter Three: Day of the Dead”: On fiestas, more generally:  “We are a ritual … More Día de los Muertos : Photos & Octavio Paz’s Insight

Noveno Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales, October 17, 2015

Organized by el Museo de Arte Popular, this massive parade every October showcases over 200 monumental alebrijes, or massive, phantasmagorical sculptures in vibrant color palettes.  The oversized alebrijes featured in the parade are composed of a variety of materials, but many pay homage to Mexican folk artisans by employing cartonería, a traditional handcraft technique similar to papier-mâché (smaller-scale, … More Noveno Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales, October 17, 2015

Colombian Artists of Interest

Doris Salcedo In recent years, Salcedo has emerged as one of the most well known Colombian sculptors and installation artists. All of her pieces are informed by her country’s tormented history, and her reconceptualization of visually processing trauma associated with human rights violations has been applied to international events, as well, and has garnered her international … More Colombian Artists of Interest