Mexic-Arte Museum has prepared a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to be involved in the celebrations of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution, as well a chance to tour some of Mexico City’s most famous art destinations led by Executive Director Sylvia Orozco.
Don Miles, one of the participants and author of “Cinco de Mayo: What is Everybody Celebrating,?”dedicated to the memory of his late wife Dr. Minerva González Angulo Miles is looking forward to the tour and visiting seventeen museums and special exhibits, ranging from the Fine Arts Palace to the Diego Rivera Mural Museum. “I look forward to seeing the Chapultepec Castle of Emperor Maximilian, which is not only in my most recent book, but in the neighborhood where my wife grew up before we were married. We’ll also attend a Diez y Seis dinner dance at the Mexico City Hilton, and take a walking tour after the parade of the monuments created for the 1910 Centennial celebrations 100 years ago.” explains Miles. The tour will also include mural sites and historical exhibits, including Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo, Museo Frida Kahlo (La Casa Azul), Academia San Carlos, MUNAL (National Museum of Art), and El Zócalo.
Don Miles will attend the tour in the honor and memory of my late wife, who met me when she came to the U.S. as a foreign student from Mexico City. “My strongest supporter was my wife, Dr. Minerva González Angulo Miles,” explains Miles who met his wife at college in 1961, and after she came to the U.S. on a scholarship obtained through the U.S. embassy in Mexico, and earned citizenship, a bachelor’s, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Minerva González Angulo Miles died of lymphoma in 2006. He also sees the trip as important for other reasons, “As an author, I am often called upon to answer questions about Mexico, and it’s certainly more appropriate to have updated information than to rely on fading memories from decades ago.”
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By Monica Pena
Austin Times Staff