Oct 01 - Oct 07 2012
Destination: Mexico City
Trip: Art History
Name: Frost Art Museum Presents: The Art of Mexico: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow!
Departure Type: Group and Private
Duration: 7 Days
Price: $2,500* Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy. *A portion of trip for FIU Scholarships
The Frost Art Museum joins the FIU Alumni Association to bring you this very special travel opportunity to Mexico City. Travel with Frost Art Museum Director Carol Damian in partnership with Tia Stephanie Tours whose founder, Stephanie Schneiderman grew up in Mexico City, lived and studied in Miami, and has a B.A. in International Relations from FIU. Stephanie was born in Cuba and has the cultural and language fluency to make for a perfect Mexican host. Our base will be the Hotel Emporio on Paseo de la Reforma; days will include art talks, museum visits, architectural sites, gallery tours, studio visits, and meals with collectors, academics and scholars. Experience the rich traditions of historic Mexican art and architecture, the fame of the 20th Century muralists,the work and legacies of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and the excitement that is the contemporary art scene in sprawling Mexico City.We invite you to join us on this intimate tour that will have the feel of a personal journey with friends from Mexico City!
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- Day 1, Monday, Oct. 1, Arrive Mexico City; Transfer to Hotel, Introduction Presentation by Professor Karen Cordero: 20th Century Mexican Art History/Overview & Welcome Dinner. You will be met at the Mexico City Benito Juarez Airport (MEX) to transfer to our lovely hotel: El Emporio, located on the majestic Paseo de la Reforma. We enjoy a fabulous introductory presentation on the History of 20th Century Mexican Art, by Art Professor and Curator, Karen Cordero. This presentation will help orient us throughout the week, so we understand major milestones and figures in Mexican Art. After our lecture, we enjoy a lovely welcome dinner at a Mexico City favorite: La Fonda el Refugio in the "Zona Rosa".(D)
- Day 2, Tuesday, Oct.2, Historic Center & Alameda Park Region. Today, we begin our explorations of Mexico City! Our first stop is the Antiguo Colegio San Idelfonso where we will learn about and see the origins of the Mexican Muralist Movement, with the earliest murals of the 1920's. From here, we visit the Zocalo, the largest city square in the Western Hemisphere, and the 3rd largest after the Red Square and Tiananmen Square. By seeing the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, the former capital city of the Aztecs, The Main Cathedral & Diego Rivera's Mural Cycle at the National Palace, we get a better understanding of Mexico's complex history. After lunch at El Cardenal, we visit the Neo-Classical Palace of Fine Arts to learn more about this building, and to see some of the most important Murals in Mexico, such as Diego Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads", originally intended for Rockefeller Center, but was torn down due to its highly politicized content. We can compare artistic content and technique of the most important muralists of the 20th Century. We end our day with a lovely wine tasting reception at the Franz Mayer Museum of Decorative Arts & Design, where Director, Hector Rivero will lead us through this exquisite building, collections & exhibitions. We return to our Hotel and enjoy the rest of our night at Leisure (B, L, Wine)
- Day 3: Wednesday, Oct.3 Mexico City's Southern Region & Lecture on Frida's Wardrobe by Anthropologist, Marta Turok: After our breakfast presentation on Frida and her identity through her dress, we travel to Mexico City's southern region of Coyoacan, San Angel and Xochimilco to learn more of the world of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We visit the home where Frida grew up, now a museum known as Casa Azul; we visit the Frida & Diego Studios, designed by Juan O'Gorman the art Studios where Frida and Diego worked; and we finish at the sprawling former Hacienda, where Dolores Olmedo, patron of the arts, sponsored Diego Rivera's work, Museo Dolores Olmedo. Here, we see art works by Diego, Frida, and walk the spectacular sprawling garden grounds of this property. Peacocks are everywhere, and the xolos are in their garden playing. In the afternoon, we visit the spectacular Museum of Contemporary Art, MUAC and walk the campus of the largest public university in the Americas: UNAM. The campus is known for its architecture and layout. Here, we see Juan O'Gorman mosaics at Library Building, Siquieros 3 D Mural and Rivera murals. Returning to out Hotel, dinner is at Leisure. (B, L)
- Day 4, Thursday, Oct.4 Colonia Roma Art Gallery Crawl. Today we immerse ourselves in the epicenter of Mexico's contemporary art scene: The Art Galleries of Colonia Roma. We will visit important Galleries, such as: OMR, Nina Menocal, Pecanins and others. We also visit Casa Lamm, an art school, gallery, library, book store and terrace restaurant, to enjoy a refreshment surrounded by the Porfiriato Era architecture of this grand building. We lunch at one of Mexico's newest and favorite restaurants: Maximo Bistro, where chef Eddie Garcia prepares everything daily from the freshest ingredients purchased each day from the Central de Abastos. We return to our hotel to rest & relax before enjoying a group dinner, location TBD.(B,L,D)
- Day 5, Friday, Oct.5, Museo de Arte Moderno & Museum of Anthropology. Today is dedicated to the Exhibit, In Wonderland: Women Surrealist Artists of Mexico & the U.S., at the Museo de Arte Moderno. Before going to the Museum, we will enjoy a breakfast discussion on this exhibit that highlights often obscured women artists of the modern era. A Museum Expert will accompany us through our visit to the Museum. Following our in depth visit, we will break for a rest and walk across the Reforma Avenue for more explorations, this time at the National Museum of Anthropology, where will will learn about Mexico's ancient art. We have a special evening in store, as we are hosted at a Private Gallery in Polanco and a Tequila Tasting by Cazadores! From here, we will enjoy a fun group dinner in Polanco; location to be announced! (B,L,D)
- Day 6, Saturday, Oct.6 Mexico City's Northern Region: The Plaza of the Three Cultures: Tlaltelolco, Blaisten Collection, Memorial '68. On our final day in Mexico City, we visit the singular Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Three Cultures) to see this important Plaza representing the Mesoamerican and Spanish cultures. This site has added significance, as it was here in Tlaltelolco, where a student massacre occurred in 1968 (Mexico's Kent State). We see a moving memorial erected to honor these students who fell. Also on this site, is an important collection of Mexican art, the Blaisten Collection, where we will receive a special guided tour by the collector, himself: Andres Blaisten! We enjoy our Farewell Dinner, Azul Condesa, with famed chef Ricardo Munoz Zurita!(B, L, D)
- Day 7: Sunday, Oct. 7, Depart for Airport (B)
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In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico & the United States,Ilene Susan Fort & Tere Arcq
The Mexican Muralists by Desmond Rochfort