Exhibition of National Geographic images of Mexico at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C.

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Jul 152011
 



If you’re visiting Washington D.C. this summer, don’t miss the exhibition entitled Mexico Through the Lens of National Geographic: celebrating a century of visual exploration, on at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. through October 22.

exhibition logoThe exhibition features more than 130 National Geographic images of Mexico taken from feature articles published in the magazine in the past 100 years. The images are arranged in seven groups: Explorers, The Maya, The 1916 and 1996 Special Issues on Mexico, Nature, The Border, People and The Photographic Eye.

Our attention was drawn to this exhibition by the always-interesting blog supporting National Geographic’s “My Wonderful World” Campaign. “My wonderful World” is an initiative to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities—just the kind of initiative that we at Geo-Mexico.com wholeheartedly support.

Many people have great memories of particular National Geographic photos or articles that made an impact on their lives. In my case, by a happy coincidence, it is one of the images included in the “My Wonderful World” post about the exhibition: an image of Monarch butterflies that was included in the cover article of the August 1976 issue. This photo would change my life, though I didn’t know it at the time!

The Mexican Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th Street, NW Washington DC 20009.  Gallery Hours are Monday–Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00pm.  Enjoy!

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Perceptions of Mexico, from popular images to the “real” Mexico

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May 182010
 

What comes to mind when the word “Mexico” is mentioned?

For most people, it brings to mind a variety of colorful images, such as those below, usually based on television, magazines, travel brochures and personal travels in Mexico. “Mexico” also is associated with verbal or written words or phrases, such as:

  • Drug wars
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Tacos and tamales
  • Tequila / Good beer
  • Fabulous beach resorts
  • Bargain prices
  • Poverty
  • Friendly people
  • Carlos Slim (the World’s richest man)
  • Deserts and cactus
  • Swine flu
  • Pre-Columbian ruins
  • Sombreros
  • Geo-Mexico (well maybe that last one is wishful thinking, but hopefully it will true someday)

Q. How many of these images can you identify?

These images and word phrases hold some truth, but do not begin to capture the full importance and significance of Mexico, something we try to do more thoroughly in Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico.

For example, did you know that Mexico is one of only six countries ranked in the top 15 in the world in geographic size, population, and economic production? Furthermore, Mexico is one of the earth’s most biologically diverse countries. It ranks first in number of reptile, cactus and pine species; second in mammal species; and fourth in amphibian species.

There is lots more to Mexico than meets the eye in magazine and TV adverts – and that’s why you should consider buying your own copy of Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico, rather than relying on your local library or extracts posted on this blog!