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M&TC: Carla Fernández show “The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community,” opens today in Boston. This is the first-ever fashion exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
"A show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston explores the work of the Mexican artist and designer Carla Fernández, and offers weaving and patternmaking workshops to the public."
On view through September 1st.
Featured above model Liliana Dominguez wears “molinillo” bracelets and a hand-embroidered rebozo garment — designed by Carla Fernández and made in collaboration with Mexican artisans — as seen in Fernández’s new show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Photo by Graciela Iturbide
Read more in this article in the New York Times:On View | Turning Ancient Craft Techniques into Modern Fashion

M&TC: Carla Fernández show “The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community,” opens today in Boston. This is the first-ever fashion exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

"A show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston explores the work of the Mexican artist and designer Carla Fernández, and offers weaving and patternmaking workshops to the public."

On view through September 1st.

Featured above model Liliana Dominguez wears “molinillo” bracelets and a hand-embroidered rebozo garment — designed by Carla Fernández and made in collaboration with Mexican artisans — as seen in Fernández’s new show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Photo by Graciela Iturbide

Read more in this article in the New York Times:
On View | Turning Ancient Craft Techniques into Modern Fashion

(Source: The New York Times)

M&TC: For all our Mexi Jews!
Pass The Chipotle-Marrow Matzo Balls, It’s Mexican Passover!
A quick look into the Mexican Jewish experience and a taste of spicy passover recipes!
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/11/300596835/pass-the-chipotle-marrow-matzo-balls-its-mexican-passover
Featured abave Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls. Photo by Meg Vogel/NPR

M&TC: For all our Mexi Jews!

Pass The Chipotle-Marrow Matzo Balls, It’s Mexican Passover!

A quick look into the Mexican Jewish experience and a taste of spicy passover recipes!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/11/300596835/pass-the-chipotle-marrow-matzo-balls-its-mexican-passover

Featured abave Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls. Photo by Meg Vogel/NPR

M&TC: kickstarter interviews us on Mex and the City and Racial Profiling: The New Global Mexican book project!
kickstarter:

Mex and the City is an online collective and creative agency based in New York. One of its founders, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, wanted to create a tangible glimpse of the “new global Mexican identity,” so she, along with photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero and other contributors, put together Racial Profiling. The book collects photos and profiles of Mexicans in New York and elsewhere, along with interviews and photos of the work they’re producing, with the goal of showing the diversity of contemporary Mexican identity.
Why did you decide to put this book together?
We first started Racial Profiling as an editorial to build out our online community for Mex And The City. I always knew I wanted to have authentic portraits that celebrated individualism, but it wasn’t until I met the photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero in person and we spoke about ideas of identity that Racial Profiling was born. Since then we’ve hit Mexico City and Los Angeles to represent current culture. The book project is at once a photo art book, an homage to these large cities, and a recognition of the relationship between Mexico and the United States. 
How did you decide who would make it into the book—are there any thematic ties?
Thematically, we curated the portraits with individuals whose work has them moving between cities. We found that many NY Mexicans went back and forth between Mexico and California for work. We wanted to acknowledge that movement. This is how the idea of the new global Mexican identity came about.
Did the idea for the book arrive fully formed, or did it start to take shape as you accumulated profiles?
When we first started the project, everyone asked what our goals were. If we were going to publish a book or develop the series into an exhibit? Because we are more of an art collective, we always agreed that it would be an organic movement through time. And because producing the portraits is actually a lot of work!
This book is just one facet of a larger project. Could you talk more about that?
Racial Profiling, the portrait series, is the basis for Mex and the City developing real community and marking our identity as a brand. We are now a creative agency and a movement. Our goals are to promote a contemporary Mexican identity through arts, culture, and design. 
You describe this book as a “tool for communication.” What would you like to communicate?
Most of our work is found online as a blog or events captured by photos or video. We are a digital community but wanted to create something tangible and timeless, something you could find in bookstores or in a library. The book as a tool for communication is a means to show that migration does not have to be taboo, that there is strength in individual passions, and that as a culture and collective we contribute beautiful work to society. 
Will the book be similar to the profiles on the site? 
Yes the book will feature the portraits by Carlos Alvarez Montero on the site as well as newer collections not yet published. It will contain intro essays and Q&As. But I am also very excited to include a catalog section to show individual creator output. So that when we feature an artist, a hotelier, and a scientist we also have an example of their work to refer to: a piece of art, a designed hotel, a theoretical module. It’s an art catalog and historical record. 

M&TC: kickstarter interviews us on Mex and the City and Racial Profiling: The New Global Mexican book project!

kickstarter:

Mex and the City is an online collective and creative agency based in New York. One of its founders, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, wanted to create a tangible glimpse of the “new global Mexican identity,” so she, along with photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero and other contributors, put together Racial ProfilingThe book collects photos and profiles of Mexicans in New York and elsewhere, along with interviews and photos of the work they’re producing, with the goal of showing the diversity of contemporary Mexican identity.

Why did you decide to put this book together?

We first started Racial Profiling as an editorial to build out our online community for Mex And The City. I always knew I wanted to have authentic portraits that celebrated individualism, but it wasn’t until I met the photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero in person and we spoke about ideas of identity that Racial Profiling was born. Since then we’ve hit Mexico City and Los Angeles to represent current culture. The book project is at once a photo art book, an homage to these large cities, and a recognition of the relationship between Mexico and the United States. 

How did you decide who would make it into the book—are there any thematic ties?

Thematically, we curated the portraits with individuals whose work has them moving between cities. We found that many NY Mexicans went back and forth between Mexico and California for work. We wanted to acknowledge that movement. This is how the idea of the new global Mexican identity came about.

Did the idea for the book arrive fully formed, or did it start to take shape as you accumulated profiles?

When we first started the project, everyone asked what our goals were. If we were going to publish a book or develop the series into an exhibit? Because we are more of an art collective, we always agreed that it would be an organic movement through time. And because producing the portraits is actually a lot of work!

This book is just one facet of a larger project. Could you talk more about that?

Racial Profiling, the portrait series, is the basis for Mex and the City developing real community and marking our identity as a brand. We are now a creative agency and a movement. Our goals are to promote a contemporary Mexican identity through arts, culture, and design. 

You describe this book as a “tool for communication.” What would you like to communicate?

Most of our work is found online as a blog or events captured by photos or video. We are a digital community but wanted to create something tangible and timeless, something you could find in bookstores or in a library. The book as a tool for communication is a means to show that migration does not have to be taboo, that there is strength in individual passions, and that as a culture and collective we contribute beautiful work to society. 

Will the book be similar to the profiles on the site? 

Yes the book will feature the portraits by Carlos Alvarez Montero on the site as well as newer collections not yet published. It will contain intro essays and Q&As. But I am also very excited to include a catalog section to show individual creator output. So that when we feature an artist, a hotelier, and a scientist we also have an example of their work to refer to: a piece of art, a designed hotel, a theoretical module. It’s an art catalog and historical record. 

M&TC: Gracias amigos freundevonfreunden for sharing and supporting Racial Profiling: The New Global Mexican! Back this project now at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1290643417/racial-profiling-book-the-new-global-mexican/backers

freundevonfreunden:

The Diversity of Contemporary Mexican Identity
After five years of producing the Racial Profiling portrait series for Mex and the CityCarlos Alvarez Montero has decided to take a big risk and start a Kickstarter to make this project into a book.
Racial Profiling groups Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans as a new global Mexican, promoting the heightened successes of young professionals and their contributions to society across industries and nations.
Make her dream come true by contributing to the campaign here.

M&TC: Andre 3000 looking So Fresh, So Clean with his Mexican flag baseball cap. @Outkast #Coachella

IRIS: Happy Centennial to La Doña Maria Felix. A style icon and symbol of intellect, strength and beauty. For all you devoted fans, catch free screenings of her films starting tomorrow part of the the Mexican Cultural Institute in New York 100 años de La Doña: A Tribute To Maria Felix

IRIS: Happy Centennial to La Doña Maria Felix. A style icon and symbol of intellect, strength and beauty. For all you devoted fans, catch free screenings of her films starting tomorrow part of the the Mexican Cultural Institute in New York 100 años de La Doña: A Tribute To Maria Felix

IRIS: The Selby visits Pilar Munoz and Pepe Islas at their lovely home in Mexico City. They got me craving tortas ahogadas and jericallas. They also share a tasty mezcal cocktail made with one of my faves Mezcal Union.

IRIS: The Selby visits Pilar Munoz and Pepe Islas at their lovely home in Mexico City. They got me craving tortas ahogadas and jericallas. They also share a tasty mezcal cocktail made with one of my faves Mezcal Union.

M&TC: Oh yea and we got some press en Español on Mex and the City and our Kickstarter, Racial Profiling Book: The New Global Mexican.
Check it here:
https://www.pontealdia.com/estados-unidos/racial-profiling-el-nuevo-mexicano-global.html

M&TC: Oh yea and we got some press en Español on Mex and the City and our Kickstarter, Racial Profiling Book: The New Global Mexican.

Check it here:

https://www.pontealdia.com/estados-unidos/racial-profiling-el-nuevo-mexicano-global.html

IRIS: Saw this provocative Maria Felix t-shirt and couldn’t resist. Considering her centennial is approaching it just makes sense.
Get it here http://www.cloudrocc.com/mariafelix.html

IRIS: Saw this provocative Maria Felix t-shirt and couldn’t resist. Considering her centennial is approaching it just makes sense.

Get it here http://www.cloudrocc.com/mariafelix.html

IRIS: Aquatic Random the much anticipated installation by artist Gabriela Galvan opened today at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
“Aquatic Random is evocative of the interactions between man­ made landscape and nature.”
Definitely a sight to see!
Gabriela Galván: Aquatic Random
April 03, 2014 - May 15, 2014
Location: Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Richmond Plaza, Staten Island
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program are pleased to announce Aquatic Random, a temporary art installation on Richmond Terrace at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal by artist Gabriela Galván.
For more on the installation and artist go to http://www.iscp-nyc.org/events/current/gabriela-galvan-aquatic-random.html

IRIS: Aquatic Random the much anticipated installation by artist Gabriela Galvan opened today at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Aquatic Random is evocative of the interactions between man­ made landscape and nature.”

Definitely a sight to see!

Gabriela Galván: Aquatic Random

April 03, 2014 - May 15, 2014

Location: Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Richmond Plaza, Staten Island

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program are pleased to announce Aquatic Random, a temporary art installation on Richmond Terrace at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal by artist Gabriela Galván.

For more on the installation and artist go to http://www.iscp-nyc.org/events/current/gabriela-galvan-aquatic-random.html

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