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Library of Congress Hosts 'A Celebration of Mexico'

Scenes show Porfirio Díaz inaugurating a dam project in Juarez and meeting with President William Howard Taft in El Paso, Texas, as well as celebrations of the centennial of Mexican independence in 1910. Federal Army regulars are shown preparing to tamp down a counter-revolutionary revolt in 1912, and there are scenes of revolution leader Pascual Orozco with rebel forces in Chihuahua.

The newsreel-type footage mostly chronicles the early stages of the revolution, during which armies ousted the Díaz regime, leaving power in the hands of an uneasy alliance of Orozco, Villa and Francisco Madero. The footage includes intertitles in Spanish and English.

The film, which will be screened at 11 a.m. Friday in the library’s Coolidge Auditorium, is only part of the multimedia menu of events.

Accompanying exhibits show how the revolution influenced arts and literature. Fine prints and photographs from the era include the work of José Guadalupe Posada, a cartoonist and illustrator whose portrayals of religious and historical figures and penchant for satire and political commentary influenced generations of Latin American artists.

On the musical front, the Latin Grammy-winning string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano will perform a Friday afternoon concert of music by Mexican composers Gabriela Ortíz, Manuel Ponce and Silvestre Revueltas. Native dance will be represented by the Maru Montero Dance Company, which kicks off the two days of events on Thursday morning with a traditional program to coincide with the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, one of the most celebrated days on the Mexican calendar.

Also on Thursday, archaeologist Leonardo López Luján will discuss the Templo Mayor project, which is devoted to unearthing an Aztec metropolis of perhaps 300,000 people beneath Mexico City.

The events, a list of which can be found at loc.gov/celebration-of-mexico, also dovetail with the library’s exhibition “Exploring the Early Americas,” which features rare maps, documents and objects from pre-Colombian and colonial America.

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