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La Cúpula Cultural Center

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Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
999 688 9479 http://lacupulamerida.org/

La Cúpula Cultural Center is a bilingual (Spanish/English) multidisciplinary art center focused on international exchanges.

Inside the large, lavender complex are even exhibition rooms, a video room, a large garden with space for shows, a production workshop and two residences for artists. The building originally had a stable for the Palacio Cantón, and under the distinctive dome was an exercise area for horses.

La Cúpula currently works with different entities, both public and private:

  • the Ministry of Culture and the Arts of the State of Yucatán
  • the International Festival of Lights of Mexico
  • the Merida International Brass Festival
  • the Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, The Netherlands
  • The Japan Foundation in Mexico
  • the Alliance Francesa de Mérida
  • the Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Pays de la Loire, France
  • the A3-art Association, France

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December 2015

La Cúpula Cultural Center debuts

Thu., December 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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A free event to mark the opening of a new cultural center in Santa Ana. See story here.

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February 2016

Andy Warhol documentary

Thu., February 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Kicking off "Cine Cupula," a screening of a four-hour 2006 English-language documentary, by Ric Burns, on pop artist Andy Warhol. Free admission

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Meet the man behind the bird

Thu., February 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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The Cupula Cultural Center's slogan is "Experience Art," and tonight invite you to do just that. Get to know all about the bird you've seen about town, and its creator, Guillermo S. Quintana, and help create new artwork! What bird, you ask? Read the bird's backstory here.

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March 2016

Stephen Aiken @ La Cúpula

Thu., March 31, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Jueves Culturales @ La Cúpula continues with this free event. Contemporary artist Stephen Aiken will talk about how events and artists of the past have inspired and continue to inspire his artwork. From Warhol to Pompeii.

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April 2016

Free film: ‘The Art Rush’ at La Cúpula

Thu., April 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Cultural Thursdays at La Cúpula continues with a free film al fresco: Marianne Lamour’s 2013 documentary "The Art Rush"

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May 2016

Quoi de Neuf

Thu., May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$60

This social event has been organized regularly by Martine Bordi since 2007, and brings together Francophones and Francophiles in a convivial atmosphere.

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October 2016

Ric Kokotovich photo exhibition

Thu., October 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
Free

In the world of award-winning Canadian photographer and filmmaker Ric Kokotovich, no image is sacred. His work walks a line between intention and discovery, between abstraction and representation. His work, which debuts today, is on view until Dec. 22. 

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Beatles Tribute Band at la Cúpula

Fri., October 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
Free

The Redicks play tribute to Ringo, John, Paul and George.

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November 2016

Wine tasting and talk at La Cúpula

Fri., November 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Do not miss this wine tasting evening, petit fours included, and a talk about wines from France, Italy and Chile with Renaud Lignelet, of Les Vins de Molière and Elliot Díaz, of Taninos Para Todos Seating is limited. Reservations accepted until Thursday, Nov. 24 or until limit is reached, whichever comes first.  For reservations text 999 199 0418 or info@lacupulamerida.org

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December 2016

La Cúpula Art & Design Christmas Bazaar

Thu., December 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Affordable gifts at the lavender cultural center on Calle 54.

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Cupúla exhibit: ‘Beyond Visible’ by Erika Harrsch

Thu., December 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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La Cupúla Cultural Center presents "Beyond Visible" by Mexican artist Erika Harrsch.

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February 2017

Valentine’s Art & Design Bazaar at La Cúpula

Thu., February 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Artists and designers offer their wares at La Cúpula Cultural Center.

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March 2017

Special evening with guest artists at La Cúpula

Thu., March 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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A special evening with artist guests, along with a food truck and French wine.

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Violinist Christopher Collins Lee in La Cúpula recital

Sat., March 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$300

A special concert with violinist Christopher Collins Lee in recital.

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April 2017

David Serrano and Octavio García Leal at La Cúpula

Thu., April 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
Free

Jueves Cultural at Centro Cultural la Cúpula, this time an encounter with the talented artists David Serrano and Octavio García Leal.

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Exhibit: Peter Kim “In Mérida”

Thu., April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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South Korean artist Peter Kim debuts an exhibit, "In Mérida," that is the result of his artist residency at La Cúpula Cultural Center in 2017. This body of work is centered on the Korean immigration in Yucatán. Kim lives and works in New York and his work has been shown in museums and galleries of Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan, France, Belgium, Italy, Serbia and the United States. It is also part of major collections in Asia and Europe. This…

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International String Quartet at La Cúpula

Sat., April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$300

With La Cúpula Cultural Center, the International String Quartet of Yucatán now has a Centro residency.

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May 2017

International String Quartet at La Cúpula

Sat., May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$250

With La Cúpula Cultural Center, the International String Quartet of Yucatán now has a Centro residency.

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June 2017

“Reflections on musical creation” with composer Javier Alvárez

Thu., June 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Entretanto: Reflections on musical creation" with Javier Alvárez, composer, lecture series (in Spanish) coordinated by Genoveva de la Peña

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‘Península II, Creadores en Yucatán’ at La Cúpula

Sat., June 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - Sun., June 11, 2017 @ 2:00 am
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Opening of the exhibition, "Península II, Creadores en Yucatán," a collective exhibition curated by Emilio Said. Performance by Milton Zayas at 10 pm

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October 2017

Arte & Vecinos de la Cúpula

Tue., October 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Welcoming the El Camaito collective and the guest house Flor de Mayo to Calle 54, La Cúpula celebrates with an exhibition.

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Reception for Roger Ballen photo exhibition

Thu., October 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Introspective" is the first retrospective exhibition in Latin America of renowned photographer Roger Ballen. Ballen is one of the most important photographers of the 21st century. Born in New York in 1950, Ballen has lived and worked in South Africa for more than 30 years.

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November 2017

Entretanto: A talk with Salvador Reyes Ríos

Thu., November 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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La Cúpula's first Entretanto of the season translates to "Place, Matter and Membership," a reference to the new book by architect Salvador Reyes Ríos, who will speak on the subject.

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Concierto infecTANGO

Fri., November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$300

Concert of tango music, part of an overall Tango Festival.

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Recital: Mia Monforte and Pedro Perera

Thu., November 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$350

The first event of the season under the dome: A recital by singer Mia Monforte and Pedro Perera on guitar. Tickets sold at La Cúpula 4 to 8 p.m. Reservations: 999-199-0418.

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December 2017

3rd annual art auction benefit

Sat., December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Free

Annual auction of works by great Mexican and local artists. Money raised supports student scholarships or cultural projects for indigenous communities. In English and Spanish. Organized by El Caimito, a collective art gallery by José Luis Rumbo, Monika Gabrys, Yaoling Lee, Efraín Greco, Dominic Greco and invited guests.

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Video conference with Roger Ballen

Wed., December 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen will take part in an informal video conference with the public at La Cúpula Cultural Center.

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January 2018

Demián Flores’s exhibition: De-Construcciones

Tue., January 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Demián Flores's exhibition, De-Construcciones, opens with a reception.

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February 2018

Artist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe at La Cúpula

Mon., February 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Ritual Drama: Wade in the Water," with the international artist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, "an artist whose art is her life, and her life is art." 

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Art opening: “Geografías,” Jean-Pierre Formica

Fri., February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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La Cúpula presents "Geografías," French artist Jean-Pierre Formica's first exhibition in the Yucatán. A reception is Friday, Feb. 23 and the exhibit will remain on view until March 24.

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March 2018

‘Entre Tanto’ with Emilio Said

Wed., March 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Artist Emilio Said discusses his work, the creative processes and the more experimental pieces of his current production.

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La Cúpula violin and harpsichord recital

Tue., March 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$425

La Cúpula's first exclusive recital of the year is under the dome with Christopher Collins Lee and Keith Paulson-Thorp.

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Final day to see Jean-Pierre Formica exhibit at La Cúpula

Sat., March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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This is the last day to visit the exhibition "Geografías del Alma" by Jean-Pierre Formica.

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‘HOP…E’ de Marie Piselli at La Cúpula

Thu., March 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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A new exhibition, "HOP ... E de Marie Piselli," opens with an artist's reception Thursday, March 29 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

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July 2018

Video art: María Medina Jorge

Wed., July 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Nací Desnuda," or "I Was Born Naked," a videoarte presentation and talk with the artist, María Medina Jorge.

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Johanna Martin Mardones at La Cúpula

Tue., July 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Installations and paintings by Johanna Martin Mardones are on view in the show show, "Urdimbre de lo cotidiano como texto crítico."

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October 2018

La Cúpula opens 4th season with David Serrano exhibition

Tue., October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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La Cúpula Cultural Center's Season begins in the new "White Space" with  4 starts the exhibition Predictions and Spells," by David Serrano.

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November 2018

The Devil’s Hammock by Randy Shull

Sat., November 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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This Devil's Hammock is a mixed-media exhibit by Randy Shull, who co-founded Pink Dog Creative in Asheville, N.C.'s River Arts District.

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January 2019

Pierre Desfons at La Cupula

Fri., January 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Pierre Desfons, whose work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and festivals, has an exhibition at La Cupula Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 4.

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Recital: From Bach to Brazil

Tue., January 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$350

Rebecca Hartka and José Lezcano perform an exclusive recital inside the historical monument La Cúpula

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Randy Shull’s ‘Devil’s Hammock’ closes with a visit from the artist

Wed., January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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It's your last chance to see "The Devil's Hammock" and talk to the artist, Randy Shull.

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February 2019

Jose Hernandez Luna/Alejandro Sanccini exhibit ‘Rust + Nostalgia’

Tue., February 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Óxido + Nostalgia" ("Rust + Nostalgia") opens with a reception for the artists at 7:30 Tuesday, Feb. 5 at La Cupula.

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Theater architecture course

Mon., February 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$2000

A theater architecture course (in Spanish) starts 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 with Aleksandar Lalicki Posavec.

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Experimental Ceramic Workshop with Alison Palmer

Tue., February 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$2,750

A three-day workshop at La Cúpula Cultural Center.

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March 2019

Reception for ‘Perniciem’ by Samantha Michell

Fri., March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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An opening reception for artist Samantha Michell's exhibit, "Perniciem."

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3 music composers discuss their craft at La Cupula

Tue., March 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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A chance to talk about the creative process with three young composers from the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.

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Coffee and chat with La Cupula’s current artists

Sat., March 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Coffee and chat with Jose Hernadez Luna and Alejandro Sanccini, trompe l'oeil sculptors in the  "Rust + Nostalgia" exhibit at La Cupula.

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Spring fashion exhibit at La Cupula

Thu., March 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Spring colors are the emphasis of a fashion exhibit by Yucatecan designer Calocho Millet.

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April 2019

Book signing: Marie Piselli at La Cupula

Mon., April 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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An introduction of a book based on the 2018 exhibition HOP...E will be followed by a sale and signing under the dome.

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La Cupula exhibit tour with artist Samantha Michell

Tue., April 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Artist Samantha Michell leads an intimate tour of her show, "Perniciem," in English and in Spanish, at La Cupula.

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October 2019

Reception for Pepe Molina’s “Transmutaciones” at La Cúpula

Wed., October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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"Transmutaciones," a mixed-media project by Pepe Molina, opens with an 8 p.m. reception that signals start of the 2019-2020 season at the Cultural Center La Cúpula. Free entry.

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November 2019

Lontananza by José Luis Díaz at La Cúpula

Fri., November 29, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Sculptures, paintings and photographs by José Luis Díaz are gathered in Lontananza, which debuts with a reception 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at La Cúpula. Exhibit remains through Jan. 10. Free admission.

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January 2020

Rebecca Hartka and José Lezcano double concert

Mon., January 13 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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$375

Rebecca Hartka and José Lezcano's double concert was so appreciated in 2019, that they are back for a special 2020 show.

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‘A Drawing a Day’ by Jean-Pierre Formica

Thu., January 23 @ 8:00 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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French artist Jean-Pierre Formica has returned to Merida in time for an opening reception that debuts his exhibit, "A Drawing a Day," 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at La Cupula Cultural Center. Free. Read about his previous show here.

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March 2020

Electone musical demonstration by Ricardo Tovar Rivadeneyra

Thu., March 5 @ 7:30 pm
La Cúpula Cultural Center, Calle 54 407B Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro
Merida, Yucatan 97000 Mexico
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Electone musical demonstration by Ricardo Tovar Rivadeneyra.

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