The Tlacopac International Artist Residency in Mexico City was established December 19, 2018 by New York City-based Founder/Director Jan Hanvik. It received its first artist resident January 29, 2019. This residency in southern Mexico City is dedicated to the practice and pursuit of all art forms. RESIDENCIA ARTÍSTICA TLACOPAC welcomes not only individual artists, but also performing arts groups – theater, dance, opera, and music, college, university, or conservatory level performing arts programs, as it includes a wooden-floor performance gymnasium suitable for the development of works by 2 up to 10-12 members. (The sprung-wood floor only: 5.2 X 12.8 meters. To the walls, including a carpeted area: 6.6 X 17.9 meters. Ceiling height 3.06 meters. The studio has its own dressing rooms for male and female with bathrooms, showers, sauna, & steam room.) This is a rarity: approximately 6% of artist residencies worldwide offer residencies in the performing arts, due to space requirements and limitations.
The 5-bedroom house, designed by legendary Mexican architect Manuel Parra (1911 – 1997) https://mxcity.mx/2017/04/manuel-parra-el-otro-arquitecto-del-siglo-xx/ with ample gardens and patios, is historic in its connection to the lives of US-born painter and jewelry designer Annette Nancarrow (1907 – 1991) http://www.annettenancarrow.com/Home.html who designed jewelry worn by Frida Kahlo, Peggy Guggenheim, and others, and her husband, the American-born Mexican avant-garde composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912 -1997) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conlon_Nancarrow who lived there together until their divorce, when Conlon Nancarrow moved into the Juan O’Gorman-designed home and recording studio next door. The house also welcomed innumerable other seminal figures in the development of Mexico City as a cradle of international cutting edge art in the 1930s-50s. Annette among her many accomplishments was also assistant to the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco. The TLACOPAC RESIDENCY will revive the hotbed of cultural activity that was Mexico City of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, welcoming diverse artists from all cultural, national and ethnic backgrounds, to contribute to global dialog through the arts.