Arrival: Friday, August 4
The Camino Real Hotel, located on the eastern edge of the upscale Polanco neighborhood, just north of Chapultepec Park, will be your home in Mexico City.
3:30 pm – Optional visit to Estudio Tatiana Bilbao
5:30 pm – Welcome and introductions at the hotel
Day 1: Saturday, August 5 | Walking Tour of Historic Center
Our trip begins with a walking tour of the historic center of Mexico City, where we will discuss the capital’s 700-year history. Stops will include the Zócalo, the Cathedral of Mexico, and one of Mexico’s splendid baroque churches. We will have a private tour of the Palacio de Minería, one of the most impressive works of neoclassicism in the hemisphere, by Manuel Tolsá. After lunch, we’ll have a special visit to the magnificent former Palace of the Counts of San Mateo de Valparaíso with its astounding staircase, designed by Francisco Guerrero y Torres, Mexico’s foremost architect of the late eighteenth century.
Day 2: Sunday, August 6 | Modernism in the South
On Sunday, we’ll explore modern architecture in the southern part of the city, starting with a walking tour of the University City, the main campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll also have a special tour of the Anahuacalli Museum, designed by artist Diego Rivera and architect Juan O’Gorman. There we’ll be joined by architects from Taller Mauricio Rocha, who recently completed an expansion of the museum. After lunch, we’ll head to San Angel to visit the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House Studio Museum, designed by Juan O’Gorman.
Day 3: Monday, August 7 | Highlights and Special Guests
On the final day of the tour, we will be joined by James Oles, an internationally-recognized authority on Mexican art and the curator of the recent Diego Rivera’s America exhibition at SFMOMA. He will guide us through Rivera’s extraordinary 1920s fresco cycle at the Ministry of Education and through the murals and spaces at the Abelardo Rodríguez Market, which has been a bustling downtown market since the 1930s. That day we will also visit the historic Justo Sierra Synagogue, and be joined by the director. After lunch, we will have the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology to ourselves for a very special guided visit. Our tour concludes with an evening cocktail party at a penthouse apartment with spectacular views.