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#AFARMexico: Mexican Art, from the Mexica to Siqueiros

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Photo by Javier Sirvent

For AFAR Experiences, AFAR’s immersive travel event, we bring worldly, open-minded travelers to cities all over the world and provide access to people they would otherwise rarely get to meet. We’re in Mexico City for the next four days, and we’ll be writing daily updates pulled from social media posted by AFAR staff and attendees. You’ll see the incredible venues we’re spending time in and hear highlights from our lineup of experts on the arts, culture, politics, and design of this vibrant city. Follow the #AFARMexico hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for all of the excitement. 

Tuesday was the last day of AFARMexico, and we made the most of it. Our morning started with a walk to Bosque de Chapultepec, to the Museum of Anthropology. We saw only a tiny part of this massive museum—many people vowed to come back for more on another trip. Art historian James Oles talked us through four pieces that have motifs central to Aztec (or Mexica) mythology.

At the Castillo de Chapultepec, we were guided through the monumental David Alfaro Siqueiros mural known in English as From the Dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz to the Revolution.

Maybe my favorite mural in all of DF by David Alfaro Siqueiros --Death of a worker #afarmexico

Photo by Tara Guertin

Chronicler Jorge Pedro Uribe then shared with us his reasons for loving Mexico City—the art, the people, the architecture, and history.

A lunch in the lovely gardens of Chapultepec Castle was followed by more breakout sessions, and then the night’s closing party at the magnificent Jumex Museum.

We had some special guests at the closing party for #AFARMexico at Jumex. </p> <p><em>Photo by Tara Guertin</em></p> <p><a href=Afar knows how to throw a party! Jumex museum#afarmexico

Photo by Bonnie Klein

And that’s a wrap. We’re enlivened, intrigued, exhausted, and fully in love with Mexico City. We’ll see you all for our next AFAR Experiences events: Charleston in March and Montreal in June.