100 Años de La Doña: A Tribute to María Félix

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Antoine Tzapoff “Doña con porcelana” One hundred years ago, On April 8, 1914, María Félix was born. The most iconic leading lady of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, known for her larger-than-life, tough film characters, María died on her 88th birthday on April 8, 2002. In learning of her …

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Antoine Tzapoff “Doña con porcelana”

One hundred years ago, On April 8, 1914, María Félix was born. The most iconic leading lady of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, known for her larger-than-life, tough film characters, María died on her 88th birthday on April 8, 2002.

In learning of her death, Novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes said: “She was a goddess. There were no eyes in the world more beautiful than María Félix’s. She was a magnificent character, and, along with Dolores del Rio, the greatest beauty of the golden age of the Mexican cinema.”

Voted one of the best-dressed women of her time by Italian and French couture associations, María Félix, was also known as a muse for poets, musicians and painters. Today’s post honors La Doña by presenting a selection of seven portraits by acclaimed XX Century artists.

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María Felix by Estanislao Lepri
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Diego Rivera “Madre” 1968
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Chavez Marion “Saliendo del Jardín”
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Bridget Trichenor “Domadora de Quimeras”
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Leonora Carrington “Reina del tarot”
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Leonor Fini “Las dos marías”

“…the myth of María Félix is different,” declared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature Octavio Paz. ”María Félix is a woman — such a woman — with the audacity to defy the ideas machos have constructed of what a woman should be. She’s free like the wind, she disperses the clouds, or illuminates them with the lightning flash of her gaze.”

Starting today, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), and Cervantes Institute present a celebration of the 100th anniversary with a screening o rarely-seen shorts and a panel discussion.

CANASTA DE CUENTOS MEXICANOS: LA TIGRESA
(Julio Brancho, Mexico, 1955, 15 min. In Spanish with no subtitles).
REPORTAJE: EN UN HOTEL
(Emilio Fernández, Mexico, 1953, 16 min. In Spanish with no subtitles).

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Gonzalo Aburto, entertainment, arts and culture Editor, El Diario/La Prensa
• Embajadora Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in Nueva York
• Sandra García-Betancourt, President & CEO, NoMAA
• Carlos Gutiérrez, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cinema Tropical

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute
27 E 39th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016
*** Free and open to the public ***

Alfalfa New York honored Maria in its Latin Divas collection. To commemorate this benchmark, we are offering 10% off on the entire collection which includes the classic María tote bags and t-shirts. Offer valid for one week, ending Sunday, April 13 at midnight. Get yours here.

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Maria tote bag by Alfalfa New York
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Man and woman Maria t-shirts by Alfalfa New York

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