The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter and 2023 Conference Planning Advisory Committee officially invite the members, friends, and affiliates of the Art Libraries Society of North America to attend its 51st annual conference from April 18-21, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico.
THE WORLD LOVES MEXICO CITY!
In the past decade, Mexico City has been consistently named one of the top—if not the premier—travel and cultural destinations in the world (New York Times #1 for 2016; World Design Capital for 2018—the only city in the Americas to ever receive that title; National Geographic #1 for 2019); the cover feature of the Fall 2019 issue of Aperture magazine; and why Mexico City should be at the top of your bucket list according to Paste magazine. A financial and cultural center of North America, Mexico City offers a unique opportunity for the society to generate knowledge and cultivate connections with art information professionals in the region.
ARLIS/NA WILL LOVE MEXICO CITY, TOO!
This inaugural occasion will build upon successful Mexico-sited programming of the recent past: the five-day 2011 ARLIS/NA International Relations Committee Study Tour that was conducted in Mexico City in conjunction with IFLA Arts; the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter 2008 meeting convened in Guadalajara in conjunction with the International Book Fair (FIL); and that same chapter’s four-day 2016 chapter meeting in Mexico City that drew attendees from 4 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces, as well as those in Mexico, and culminated in a future-focused roundtable discussion between ARLIS/TXMX members and representatives from 7 Mexican institutions.
SO MUCH ART AND DESIGN!
The cultural sites and educational institutions of the largest city in North America are plentiful. Of the more than 250 museums in the city, most of the following institutions are located in two scenic and walkable central zones (the Historic Center and Polanco/Chapultepec Park) and will be offered as organized tours or for attendees to visit on their own:
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- Museo Nacional de Arte
- Museo Franz Mayer
- Museo del Estanquillo
- Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo
- Museo Experimental El Eco
- Museo Tamayo
- Museo de Arte Moderno
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia
- Casa y Studio Luis Barragán
- Museo Nacional de San Carlos
- Museo Jumex
- Museo Soumaya
- Museo Frida Kahlo
- Museo Mural Diego Rivera
- Museo del Templo Mayor
Further afield but easily accessible are:
- Museo Nacional del Virreinato (National Museum of the Viceroyalty)
- Teotihuacán Pyramid Complex
- Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla
The Conference Planning Advisory Committee is exploring centrally located institutions among those listed above for conference events in addition to tours.
Mexico City also has a thriving contemporary art and gallery scene supporting young and emerging artists that features installation art utilizing the city’s unique spaces such as the Laboratorio Arte Alameda and Ex Teresa Arte Actual, as well as artists on exchange from other countries.
AMAZING WEATHER, CENTRAL LOCATION, AND SO AFFORDABLE!
Mexico City guarantees an affordable conference experience. In addition to a moderate spring climate in April, attendees coming from the U.S., Canada, and Europe will be pleasantly surprised by the inexpensive cost of transit, lodging, meals, and other incidental expenses. Mexico City is easily and affordably accessible by air from all major U.S., Canadian, and European cities, with its airport conveniently located just ten kilometers/six miles from the conference hotel. It has a robust taxi network supplemented by popular ride-sharing platforms ($7USD Uber ride from airport to hotel). WiFi is abundant and most telecommunication companies offer affordable coverage options for both voice and data.
LOWEST HOTEL RATE THIS CENTURY!
[just kidding … but maybe!]
Most larger hotels are located along or near Paseo de la Reforma, the grand boulevard that connects the two main cultural zones of the city. The 2023 ARLIS/NA annual conference will be held at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, a 5-star property located across from central Alameda Park. The conference group rate is $145USD and all session programming will take place on one floor.
We are confident that CPAC and the Texas-Mexico chapter will provide a uniquely welcoming, rewarding, educational, and affordable conference in Mexico City that expands our knowledge of the field, cultivates a more diverse community, and fosters enhanced international relations.
In the weeks and months ahead, please look for the call for program proposals, information about travel, the launch of the conference website, and the first of many reminders to have a valid passport! And if you can’t wait until April 2023 to experience Mexico City, the Texas-Mexico Chapter will be holding its fall meeting in conjunction with CPAC during the second week of August —all are welcome!
Bienvenido a Ciudad de México!
Program Co-chairs Lauren Gottlieb-Miller and Gabrielle Reed
Local Arrangements Co-chairs Fernando Corona and Jon Evans
Executive Board Members Rebecca Price, Mark Pompelia, Rachel Resnik, and Karyn Hinkle
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