“Oh, Mexico, it sounds so simple I just got to go,” sang James Taylor. And so, my girlfriends and I took our first real spring break, sans chaperones, to Cancun. I won’t share the year, as I wouldn’t want to date myself. However, we did have lots of big, curly hair and didn’t skimp on the makeup or jewels. It was a week to remember, entailed absolutely no culture whatsoever, and is the perfect example of why you should never let your 17-year-old daughter travel abroad with her girlfriends for spring break. But this is neither here nor there. The reason Mexico is on my mind is that they are having a cultural explosion. There is the Jumex Museum and the Kurimanzutto gallery in Mexico City, and the Cerámica Suro factory in Jalisco, just for starters. Further, there is buzz all over the United States about upcoming art, architecture, and design shows focusing upon Mexico and Mexican artists. Hence, it seemed perfect to get up to speed on art and Mexico this week. I took a peek at four top Mexican contemporary artists whose work is currently being featured in U.S. gallery and museum shows, visited a Mexican-born milliner’s downtown Los Angeles factory, explored the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, went inside the studio with artist Eduardo Sarabia in Guadalajara, and viewed Alejandro Diaz’s show in San Antonio, Texas. Today I am resting in an undisclosed location—phew.

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Garden Party: Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical Garden

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Inside the Studio: Meet Guadalajara Artist Eduardo Sarabia

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It Takes a Village: Alejandro Diaz in San Antonio

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