Mexico City’s Museo Jumex explores art’s modern edge

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The Los Angeles Times, 11/19/2013

The Museo Jumex, the latest museum to go up in this deliriously art-rich city, is a stout limestone box of a building, with a signature roof made up of four right triangles lined up in a jagged row. They are, almost literally, new waves.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

The museum, fueled by the riches of Grupo Jumex, the massive Mexican fruit juice company, opens Tuesday in a bustling, ultramodern neighborhood of glass-and-steel high rises just north of the ritzy Polanco district. It will be dedicated almost entirely to art that came after the peak of classic Modernism.

Though there are other venues for contemporary art in the Mexican capital, the Jumex, with its high-profile location and deep-pocketed patron, is likely to do more than any other to bring a shock of the new to a city largely defined by its vast troves of pre-Columbian, colonial and 20th century masterworks.

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In Mexico City, Ritzy Strip Meets Bumpy Road

The Wall Street Journal, 10/1/2013

people walking down city street - blurAs Mexico’s upper middle class has grown, Avenida Presidente Masaryk, the main drag in the capital city’s ritzy Polanco district, has transformed from a sleepy street of mom-and-pop shops to Mexico’s version of Rodeo Drive, packed with boutiques including Burberry, Cartier and Bulgari. But over the past two years, Mexico City’s hottest luxury shopping strip has run into growing pains: Rents have fallen and consumers have put the brakes on spending amid a period of economic uncertainty.

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Mexico’s abusive well-heeled and well-connected suffer rare comeuppance after traffic accident

shutterstock_124592293The Washington Post, 5/9/2013

The arrogant among Mexico’s well-heeled got a sharp rebuke Thursday, when two women who crashed in a Porsche and injured a pedestrian were hauled off to jail while threatening police and proclaiming their political connections after what authorities said appeared to be an all-night drinking spree. Federal authorities, meanwhile, suspended four officials in the country’s consumer protection agency for allegedly punishing a restaurant that had angered the daughter of the agency’s chief prosecutor last month.

Mexicans have long complained about such behavior, but social media have made it easier to document and ridicule people involved, as happened with both incidents, and tolerance for such behavior has dropped. Police officers, who get little pay and less respect, often bear the brunt of the arrogant, and traffic stops involving politicians’ relatives can end with the threatening phrase, “You don’t know who you’re messing with.”

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Op-ed: Adding Absurdity to Tragedy

Mexico CityBy Carlos Puig, The New York Times, 3/8/2013

It’s one of the trendiest, most expensive and nicest pieces of land around. It’s in Polanco, the city’s most expensive neighborhood, and on a corner of Paseo de la Reforma, the capital’s most important avenue. Less than two kilometers away from the president’s residence and just five blocks from Masaryk Street, our own Park Avenue. It occupies 1,500 square meters of Chapultepec, the park in the middle of Mexico City.

And it is this piece of prime real estate that last year, under heavy pressure from human rights organizations, the government designated for a memorial to honor the victims of drug-related violence.

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Mexican snobs beat, insult cop, raise debate

Associated Press, 8/26/11

An odd instance of police abuse in which two snobby women shoved, slapped and insulted a cop has captured Mexico’s attention and sparked debate on police tactics, gender and class issues.

Almost a week after the incident, one of the women was detained Friday and charged with resisting officers, insulting authorities and discrimination. She was released on her own recognizance because the charges are not considered serious. The other woman was being sought.

Tapes of the late-night confrontation on Aug. 20 in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco became a hit on social networking and video-sharing sites, exposing Mexicans’ frustration with both the arrogant rich and ineffectual police. The press have given the aggressive pair the ironic nickname “The Ladies of Polanco.”

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