Christina R. Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative; Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian Cultural Center; and Betty Ann Tanner and Congressman John Tanner (Tennessee).
A CELEBRATION of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence was held at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, February 3. “Borders without Boundaries – Cultural Connections between Mexico and the United States,” was the theme of a conversation with H.E. Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; The Honorable Dana Gioia, poet at The Aspen Institute; and Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, essayist and professor at ITAM in Mexico.
AFTERWARDS – at the Bicentennial reception — guests could admire a stunning exhibition of 40 signed prints by renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1889-1991), which was presented by Meridian International Center, together with Mixografía(ʀ) workshop and Landau Traveling Exhibitions in Los Angeles, along with video art by Mauricio Alejo, Alberto Roblest and Laureana Toledo. They also enjoyed Mexican delicacies and exquisite tequila from the producer Casa Dragones. Among the guests were congressmen John Tanner of Tennessee and Dennis Moore of Kansas, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and art impresario Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project among others.
Marie Royce of Alcatel-Lucent and the wife of Californian congressman Ed Royce, and Mary Ellen Matheson, who is Director of Development at the Meridian International Center.
Izette Folger and Mrs. Veronica Valenca-Sarukhan, wife of the Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.
Kier Peterson and Gwen Holliday, wife of Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center.
Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Marie Royce
Anamaria Ceseña, who served the famous Casa Dragones tequila, and Ali Rasiv.
Meridian International Center