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TO NOV. 30
The political reflects the personal in “Mirrors: Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States,” to terrific effect. Curator Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros incorporates many artists, styles, and media in this show at the Mexican Cultural Institute, but “Mirrors” never loses its identity. Let’s start with the political: Photographer Dulce Pinzón portrays Mexican-Americans dressed as superheroes doing everyday things—Wonder Woman does the laundry; Superman delivers pizza (pictured); El Chapulín Colorado (the Red Grasshopper) works construction. Pinzón’s series explores the idealizations of America, as well as the heroics required of an immigrant trying to get through the day in a new country. On to the personal: Take the stairs to the fourth floor to wander through the institute’s impressive building and ogle the murals. But leave the kids downstairs: Visitors are welcomed to this section by humongous, intensely vaginal butterflies. Better are San Diego artist Marianela de la Hoz’s set of temper miniatures (of nightmare scenes, not vaginas) that are so tiny and detailed that they are hung with accompanying magnifying glasses. The show is on view from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, to Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 728-1628. (Rachel Beckman)