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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ArtTableTOURS | Mexico City

Date(s): February 2, 2016 - February 8, 2016

Time: All Day

 ArtTableTOURS | Mexico City and the Yucatán
February 2 - 6/8, 2016

To place your deposit and reserve your space on the trip, click the green "Member Registration" button on the right hand side of this page. 

This ArtTableTOURS trip takes us to Mexico City to explore the city's increasingly exciting arts and cultural scene. The trip will center around VIP and private visits to the Zona MACO and Material Art Fairs, a selection of museums and iconic architecture sites, contemporary galleries and project spaces, artist studios, and private collections. Additionally, there is a 2-day option to travel south to Merida in the Yucatán to visit two privately held, site-specific installations: Tecoh, a sprawling series of buildings designed by Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo deep in the Yucatán jungle, and Árbol de Luz by James Turrell, set in the heart of San Pedro Ochil, an 18th century hacienda. 

The trip will begin with a visit to the VIP opening of the Zona MACO Mexico Arte Contemporaneo fair. This ambitious fair has been regarded as the most important art event in Latin America, bringing together galleries from across Europe, North and South America. The group will then visit the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico's newest and most exciting modern art museum designed by Mexican architect Teodoro González de León. After a cocktail reception at the studio and home of a prominent local artist, we will enjoy a private, after-hours tour of the studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Representing the first example of modernist architecture in Latin America, the compound caused a heated controversy in the 1930s with its combination of organic Mexican architecture with functionalism. We will end our day with dinner at the San Angel Inn, situated in a 17th century monastery with beautiful interior gardens. 

Our second day will feature a private visit to the Júmex Collection, the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America. We will then enjoy a private tour of Museo de Arte Popular which explores the origins and significance of popular art throughout Mexico. Housed in an Art Deco former fire station in the heart of the city, the museum displays works that are representative of important Mexican traditions that originate in towns and villages all over the country. We will end our day with a visit to the VIP opening of the Material Art Fair, Mexico City's first and only contemporary art fair dedicated to emerging practices, which is now in its third year. For our final day in Mexico City, we will visit Casa Barragán, the home and studio of architect Luis Barragán. Built in 1948, the house was completely restored in 1995. In 2004 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, cited as one of the most influential and representative example of modern Mexican architecture. We will spend the remainder of the day exploring the city's most prominent galleries and visiting artist studios, ending our day with a reception at the home of a private collector. 

For those continuing on the trip, the next two days will consist of exploring Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatán peninsula, and the extraordinary privately-owned artworks in the surrounding area. Early in the evening of our arrival day in Merida we will be driven to Árbol del Luz, James Turrell’s site-specific installation located on a privately-owned 18th century hacienda, San Pedro Ochil. After spending time with the artwork, a natural amphitheater with a signature light work, we will enjoy a private, 3-course dinner at the hacienda. The next morning we will visit the studios of some contemporary artists in Merida, followed by another drive into the jungle to visit Tecoh, one of artist Jorge Pardo’s most significant works that incorporates art, architecture, design and the landscape. We will have a private, 3-course lunch at Tecoh, followed by an afternoon visit to Izamal (the Yellow City), a beautiful town where almost all of the colonial and modern buildings are painted an amazing shade of egg-yolk yellow. Izamal was a pre-Columbian city, founded between 750-200 B.C. In the 16th century, a Spanish city was built on top of the existing Maya city. Izamal is home to an array of the Yucatan’s finest Mayan artisans, and we will visit with some of them in their homes and workshops. Our farewell dinner that evening will be in one of Merida’s excellent restaurants.

Trip Details
Please note that the itinerary above is a draft and is subject to change. 

Option One - Mexico City
February 2 - February 6, 2016 | Four nights, five days
Member Pricing: $4,500 per person, single room supplement of $1,215
Guest Pricing: $4,600 per person, single room supplement of 
Deposit: $750 members, $850 guests

Option Two - Mexico City and the Yucatán
February 2 - February 8, 2016 | Six nights, seven days
Member Pricing: $6,195 per person (an additional $1,695), single room supplement of $420
Guest Pricing: $6,295 per person, 
single room supplement of $420 
Deposit: $1,500 (includes $750 for Mexico City portion of trip. The $750 deposit for the Yucatán portion of the trip is non-refundable.)

Please review the cancellations and refunds policy below before placing your deposit. 

Please note pricing includes hotel, meals, ground transportation, local guide, admissions/private tour fees, service charges, taxes, and all other related expenses. It does not include individual round-trip airfare to Mexico City or, for those wishing to go on to Merida, airfare from Mexico City to Merida. Alcoholic beverages not included. Price reflects a $750 contribution to ArtTable. Commitment to participate and a deposit of $750 for members and $850 for guests for the Mexico City leg of the trip, and $750 for the Yucatán leg of the trip are due by August 21st. Final payments are due by October 26th. To place your deposit and reserve your space, click the green "Member Registration" button on the top right hand side of the screen. Please see the cancellation and refund policy below and note that the $750 deposit for the Yucatán portion of the trip is non-refundable under any circumstance. 

Cancellations and Refunds
For Mexico City:
BEFORE: October 26, 2015, the deposit will be fully refunded less a $50.00 per person administration fee. 
AFTER: October 26, 2015 and before December 18, 2015 payment will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of $500.00 per person.
AFTER: December 18, 2015 the cancellation fee is 50% of the trip cost, per person.   

For Merida: 
The $750 deposit is non-refundable. 
AFTER: October 26, 2015 and before December 18, 2015 payment will be refunded minus the $750 deposit. 
AFTER: December 18, 2015 the cancellation fee is 50% of the trip cost, per person.   
NO REFUNDS will be made for unused services or hotel accommodations while on the tour. If a replacement is found for a cancelled reservation, only a per person cancellation fee of $150.00 will apply.  If registration proves insufficient, ALTOUR reserves the right to cancel the tour, and a full refund will be made to those persons registered for the tour at that time. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Some airfares carry restrictions and penalties to be advised at the time of ALTOUR-arranged reservations; full refunds will be made for refundable Business and First Class airfares. ALTOUR is not responsible for non-refundable airfares.  

This trip was planned by ArtTable member Marella Consolini, Managing Director, ALTOUR.


Images from top down: Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, image courtesy of the Museum; Interior of Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, image courtesy of the Museum; Casa Luis Barragan, image courtesy of Casa Luis Barragan; Tecoh, image courtesy W Magazine; James Turrell's, Árbol de Luz, image courtesy TAE Foundation.


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