History of the MCINY

The creation of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York can be traced back directly to the most comprehensive and celebrated exposition of Mexican art ever presented. The exhibit was inaugurated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in October of 1990 and attracted more than 700 000 visitors, qualifying it as one of the most important exhibits ever held at this museum, second only to the Tutankhamen show. The grand exhibit "Mexico: Splendor of Thirty Centuries", which over the course of little more than a year was presented in New York, San Antonio, and Los Angeles, served as testimonial to both the profound creative tradition that has nourished Mexico since pre-Columbian times and the thriving state of contemporary Mexican Art. For many of the visitors, the existence of such tradition and current art boom were looked upon as a discovery; for the more informed visitors, a confirmation.

The successful exhibition at the MET, combined with a great variety of other artistic and cultural activities which took place simultaneously in New York, sparked a tremendous interest in all things Mexican both among the general public and numerous international art critics. The accomplishment at the MET clearly the most important art institution in North America, was made possible with the support of the Mexican government, the Mexican private sector and distinguished group of North American business persons.

Together, they took advantage of the heightened interest in Mexican culture in order to project a new image of Mexico abroad. Together, they burst into the New York cultural, political, social, and media arena, opening the door to a whirlwind of Mexican memories, history and civilization upon which a new image of Mexico could be built.

Since its incorporation as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation in June 1991, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York has aimed to increase awareness and appreciation of Mexico's rich traditional and contemporary culture, language, art, and history among the general North American public.


At the Met, 30 Centuries of Mexican Art

By Georgia Dullead

Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries

Introduction by Octavio Paz


by Armando Croda