Girl with sugar skull and instant photo portrait, Zacatecas, Mexico, 2013. Photo credit: David Brommer. To read more about this photographic series created by David during our 2013 trip to Mexico click here.
October 30 – Mexico City
We recommend arriving in Mexico City early so you can go out and enjoy the sites around our Hotel, located in the heart of the Centro Historico, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will be blocks away from the Zocalo plaza, where you can admire mesmerizing monumental Day of the Dead Offerings. Also a few blocks away: The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, the Templo Mayor of the Aztecs, the Art Nouveau Bellas Artes Palace, the Mariachi-laden Garibaldi Plaza, the Santa Muerte shrine in Tepito, and other amazing landmarks.
October 31 – Morelia
At 10 am, after having breakfast in our Mexico City Hotel, we will ride our luxury bus towards the Colonial City of Morelia, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will be staying at the hotel Mision Catedral. The hotel is housed in a 16th century colonial mansion just across the street from the Baroque-style Morelia Cathedral and the Arms and Martyrs Square. We will spend the night of Halloween as well as the morning and the afternoon of November the First in Morelia so you can enjoy the festivities, Day of the Dead altars, museums, convents, and festivals the city has to offer. Local, English-speaking guides will be available to point out sites of interest, and to answer all of your questions.
November 1st – Patzcuaro-Janitzio
The highlight of our tour will be a twelve-hour tour along the Patzcuaro Lake Riviera, culminating with a midnight trip across the lake to the island town of Janitzio. We will enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by charandas, ceremonial alcoholic beverages. It will be a night to remember.
November 2nd – Back to Morelia
You will have one more day to explore the hidden treasures and unparallel colonial atmosphere of Morelia. The Aqueduct, the Candy Museum, and the Valentin Gomez Farias Market are must-see sites.
November 3rd – Back to Mexico City
Our luxury bus will drive us back to Mexico City after breakfast. The night of November 3rd is included at the same hotel. We recommend you use this day to go shopping and bring lots of souvenirs back home. This day marks the end of our tour. For more information, contact email@example.com
COST: $775.00 USD – airfares not included, non-refundable down payment of $375.00 required by June 3 to reserve. Space limited to 35 people. Send payments via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or email with questions.
The $775 fee covers land transportation in a luxury bus, traveler insurance, lodging (double rooms at hotels), taxes, breakfasts, guided tours, tickets to museums, special visits to some of the sites, and special treats. Airfares not included.
Last Friday, cultural critic Mark Dery and Mexican writers Naief Yehya and Salvador Olguín, came together in conversation to present Yehya’s latest book, Pornocultura (Tusquets, 2013). The event took place at McNally Jackson Books in Soho, where the public enjoyed an interesting conversation between the author of the book and his two guests. At the end of the presentation, the attendees were treated to a reception and book signing.
To read Mark Dery’s take on media, technology, pop culture, and American society visit http://markdery.com
To learn more about Naief Yehya’s work visit http://naiefyehya.net
Read Salvador Olguín’s writing in Spanish at www.posdataeditores.com
An illustrated lecture with William Nericcio, PhD
Date: April 12, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Borderline Projects
What happens to the mind of a relatively sane Mexican American
academic when plunged into the laughter of an East Coast undergraduate
student? What madness ensues once that self-same “scholar” uses his
academic superpowers to catalogue Mexican stereotypes in the United
States? What happens! Mextasy! Enter the Observatory tonight for a brief
MEXSTATIC multimedia presentation examining dominant trends in the 21st
century representation of Latinas and Latinos in American popular
culture. From Hollywood to Madison Avenue, specific and damaging
visions of Latina/o subjectivity have infected the synapses of
Americans, and Mexicans alike. These “ethnic mannequins” (William Levy,
Eva Longoria, Sophia Vergara) work to infect consciousness even as they
entertain, and are not utterly divorced from what’s going down
contemporaneously: a talk-radio fueled renaissance on racialized hatred
currently en vogue in the U.S. from New York to California, from Arizona
to Georgia. If Lou Dobbs spews out that Mexicans are “diseased,” and
Rush Limbaugh tells his listeners to tell “Mexicans” to go back to
“their country,” what is the result? Research
William Nericcio, born in 1961 at Mercy Hospital, Laredo, Texas, is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University where he directs M.A.L.A.S, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program, an eclectic West Coast cultural studies hive. A 1980 graduate of St. Augustine High School (where he somehow survived being “raised by nuns”), Nericcio graduated with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and completed his MA (1987) and PhD (1989) in Comparative Literature at Cornell University—among other noteworthy mentors there, Nericcio TAed for Carlos Fuentes, and studied with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Enrico Mario Santí. Nericcio is the author of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucination of the “Mexican” in America (UT Press, 2007), and is in the final stages of writing his next eye-candy filled study, Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, also with the UT Press.
Date: Tuesday, November 20 EVENT CANCELLED
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Presented by: Borderline Projects
On Tuesday, November 20 we will get together to collaborate with One Million Bones‘ Project of bringing 1,000,000 bones to Washington DC. Come donate some of your time and creativity, and it will help raise money to fund relief work in Congo and Sudan. We will guide you through the process of making the bones. You can make as many bones as you want, and each bone we collect will trigger a $1 donation from the Bezos Family foundation. We will also show two short videos to understand the meaning and importance behind this initiative.
About One Million Bones
One Million Bones is a social arts practice that uses education, hands-on art making and large-scale public art installations to raise awareness of mass atrocities and conflict-related crises happening today in Congo, Sudan, Burma, and Somalia. Working at the intersection of art and activism, it brings the power of the arts to the human rights movement by introducing youth and the general public to overwhelming issues in a positive, action-oriented way. In this particular initiative, we are collecting one million artwork bones to lay out on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to raise awareness of these issues and to ask our government to take action. Each bone made raises a $1 donation from the Bezos Family foundation for CARE’s relief work in Congo and Sudan. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.onemillionbones.org/ or like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneMillionBones
THE DAY OF THE DEAD & HALLOWEEN PARTY CANCELED BECAUSE OF SANDY
FOOD AND DRINK
TRADITIONAL DAY OF THE DEAD ATTRACTIONS!
For photos from last years’ party, click here. Hope very much to see you there.
Photo by Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Date: Friday, August 31
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $12Observatory 543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY 11215 [Map]
Crime-scene photographs are as old as photojournalism itself. Their shock value makes them a perfect fit for tabloids and newspapers interested in sensationalist stories, and they have been a staple of what in Mexico is called la nota roja (“red news”). But crime-scene photographs are also produced in our society for useful reasons, and even aesthetic ones: they are a key element in forensic investigations, and some photographers have incorporated them into their oeuvre. The tension between ethics, aesthetics, journalism and shock in crime-scene photographs will be explored in this lecture by Salvador Olguin.
*** Some of the images presented in this lecture may be too disturbing for some people. Discretion is advised ***
LUNATION Art of the Moon
Observatory’s first group-curated show
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 7, 2012 7-10 PM
ON VIEW: Sunday, January 8 to Sunday, February 26, 2012
HOURS: Thursday & Friday 3-6PM, Saturday & Sunday 12-6PM
CLOSING RECEPTION/3rd Anniversary Fundraiser: Saturday, February 18, 2012 8PM
Artists and scientists have always been attracted to the moon…
Our closest celestial neighbor, the earth’s little sister, the moon creates the tides and illuminates the woods at night. For centuries, humanity believed the moon provided a key into the invisible realm: it called out the beast within us, freeing us to act as wolves, to run, to dance, to chant—and sometimes (as in Duncan Jones’ Moon) to split in two, to find our double, our changeling moon-self.
Is the moon home to life? Today we know it isn’t, but even as of 1830, speculation was rampant that the moon was inhabited by Christianized bat-people who worshiped in great ziggurats. (See The Sun and the Moon by Observatory alumnus Matthew Goodman for details.) Still, life comes to the moon. We know the moon contains frozen water, and we dream of using it as our jumping-off point for visiting even more alien vistas…
You can find out more about this exhibition by clicking here.
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