As part of the colloquy Los margenes de la Ciudad. Los Barrios Urbanos de la America Hispana, siglos XVI-XXI (Margins of the City. Urban Neighborhoods in Hispanic America, centuries 16th to 21st) was inaugurated the exhibition Resplandor en los Margenes, Imagenes del barrio de Cuepopan (Splendor at the Margins, Images of Cuepopan), which portraits evolution of one of the earliest and most popular neighborhoods in Mexico City.


The show is conformed by 2 19th century lithographs, 12 Colonial draft replicas and 77 photographs, 45 of them part of the Constantino Reyes Valero Photo Library, of the INAH National Coordination of Historical Monuments.

Resplandor en los Margenes, Imagenes del barrio de Cuepopan exhibition was in charge of Carmina Ramirez and her team, and the Museography was designed by Tatiana Peralta. The show is part of the project carried out by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Chapels, Public Plazas and Gardens at the Ancient Cuepopan Neighborhood in Mexico City.

Several specialists ascribed to the National Coordination of Historical Monuments collaborate in the project with the aim of studying and divulgating the origin of the northern sector of the historical Center, studies first conducted by Alfonso Caso.

The exhibition captures 2 visions: one from the last century and a contemporary one, making a comparison based on the Reyes Valero heap, integrated by photographs taken in the 20th century in 12 plazas and streets, and digital pictures captured by Daniel Cuevas, from Mexico Desconocido magazine, that show the difference that in some cases is more than 100 years.

The visitor has the opportunity of conducting a real analysis between images that show temples and emblematic buildings of Garibaldi, Santo Domingo, Guerrero, Morelos and San Hipolito plazas. Clothing and means of transportation are symbols of this transformation.  

There are images from 1900, like those of San Hipolito Temple or Garibaldi tenement house. There is a mid 20th century image of Santa Cecilia Plaza with trees and people, which contrasts with the recent one that shows it in remodeling.

Carmina Ramirez informed that in January 2010 the exhibition will be open at Universidad Iberoamericana, followed by shows in different Cuepopan plazas.

Cuepopan was one of the 4 quadrants in which Mexico-Tenochtitlan was divided, on the road that connected Mexico with Tlatelolco. The concept of neighborhood began to be used until the Colonial period according to historian Roberto Moreno de los Arcos.

The original name of this neighborhood was Concepcion Cuepopan Tlaquechiuhca. Located between Reforma Ave. to the west, Alameda to the south, Lagunilla to the north and Argentina St. to the east, its marginal features prevail.