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Hecho in Mexico City

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Gallery owner Hilario Galguera escorts us through Mexico City, walking the line of life and death, problem and promise.

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  The Palacio des Bellas Artes is home to an extravagant art nouveau lobby and murals by José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    The Palacio des Bellas Artes is home to an extravagant art nouveau lobby and murals by José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Juan O’Gorman’s 1953 library at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) grafts pre-Hispanic-themed mosaic art onto a modernist structure.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Juan O’Gorman’s 1953 library at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) grafts pre-Hispanic-themed mosaic art onto a modernist structure. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Few of the city’s original art nouveau buildings are still standing, but those that remain, like this one at Calle Chihuahua 78 , are worth a visit.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Few of the city’s original art nouveau buildings are still standing, but those that remain, like this one at Calle Chihuahua 78 , are worth a visit. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Sanborns department store, where you can feast beneath an Orozco mural.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Sanborns department store, where you can feast beneath an Orozco mural. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  The patio café at Condesa df is framed by the hotel’s unique sliding balcony shades.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    The patio café at Condesa df is framed by the hotel’s unique sliding balcony shades. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Modernism, Mexican-style, is on view at UNAM’s school of medicine. Francisco Eppens designed the elaborate mural on the Facultad de Medicina building’s façade.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Modernism, Mexican-style, is on view at UNAM’s school of medicine. Francisco Eppens designed the elaborate mural on the Facultad de Medicina building’s façade. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Pedro Ramírez Vázquez’s Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropology Muesum), with its mushroom-like courtyard fountain, competes for visitors’ attention with the treasures inside.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Pedro Ramírez Vázquez’s Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropology Muesum), with its mushroom-like courtyard fountain, competes for visitors’ attention with the treasures inside. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  AR 58, a Condesa apartment building by Dellekamp y Asociados, represents the new face of the once-earthquake-ravaged neighborhood.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    AR 58, a Condesa apartment building by Dellekamp y Asociados, represents the new face of the once-earthquake-ravaged neighborhood. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Ricardo Legorreta’s Plaza Juárez, opened last year, houses Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the city’s family courts, and this fountain, designed by artist Vicente Rojo. The 1,500 concrete pyramids are colored to look like tezontle, a volcanic stone first used by the Aztecs, which was also utilized throughout the complex’s façade.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Ricardo Legorreta’s Plaza Juárez, opened last year, houses Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the city’s family courts, and this fountain, designed by artist Vicente Rojo. The 1,500 concrete pyramids are colored to look like tezontle, a volcanic stone first used by the Aztecs, which was also utilized throughout the complex’s façade. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Maverick architect Agustín Hernandez was one of the first to introduce pre-Hispanic motifs into Mexican modernism. The 82-year-old lives and works in this cantilevered concrete tower high above Bosques de las Lomas.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Maverick architect Agustín Hernandez was one of the first to introduce pre-Hispanic motifs into Mexican modernism. The 82-year-old lives and works in this cantilevered concrete tower high above Bosques de las Lomas. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Agustín Hernandez's home office.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Agustín Hernandez's home office. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  Espacio Escultorico, the sculpture garden at UNAM, is a popular gathering place 
for students and locals alike. The concrete wedges of this sculpture form a circle around a volcanic rock formation where visitors come to meditate.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    Espacio Escultorico, the sculpture garden at UNAM, is a popular gathering place for students and locals alike. The concrete wedges of this sculpture form a circle around a volcanic rock formation where visitors come to meditate. Photo by Livia Corona.
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  A vendor sells artisanal goods outside the Museo Nacional de Antropología.  Photo by Livia Corona.
    A vendor sells artisanal goods outside the Museo Nacional de Antropología. Photo by Livia Corona.

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