Masked: Changing Identities
January 25- May 5, 2013
Opening Reception: January 25 from 6pm-9pm
Reception Admission: $10/Free for Members
Special Performance: Danza Azteca Guadalupana
Conversation with the Collectors: Patricia and Carmine De Vivi at 6:30pm
The Mexic-Arte Museum’s upcoming survey exhibition, Masked: Changing Identities, showcases selected artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection. Masked: Changing Identities deconstructs the concept of the “mask” as a transformative tool for disguise, performance, and entertainment in Latino and Latin American visual culture. The exhibition focuses on themes of cultural identity, Mexican historiography, folkloric narratives, and anthropological artifacts.
Cultural Identity & Folkloric Narratives
The Museum will also highlight the recent acquisitions to the collection from the Patricia and Carmine De Vivi Mexican Mask Collection, including over 300 popular art masks. These folkloric masks from Central Mexico, including the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca are wood masks used ceremonially, available commercially, and are limited edition art objects. Many of the design elements are appropriated pre-Hispanic imagery conflated with Catholic saints and popular modern images of Mexico. Each mask translates a unique narrative of colonial and indigenous creation myths and history.
Unmasked: Lucha Libre
January 25- May 5, 2013
Mexic-Arte Museum unveils a Lucha Libre centered exhibition, examining the costumery and practice of Mexican wrestling. From the brightly-colored costumes and masks, Mexic-Arte Museum presents works of art referencing the Mexican wrestling practice, original luchador (wrestler) masks, and documentaries on the practice in present day. Look beyond the mask and see how this practice has infiltrated the repertoire of many contemporary Latino artists.
To complement the exhibition, the Museum will present the following public programs:
Lectures: Various academic scholars presenting on cultural identities
Luchador mask-making workshop: Make your own lucha mask
Classic Lucha Cinema Series: Enjoy Classic Luchador-themed movies!
Herbalist: Join us in a workshop on the use of natural elements in performance and ritual
About Mexic-Arte Museum
Mission Statement: Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. Since 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum has produced and presented cultural and educational programs for communities in Texas. Mexic-Arte Museum is one of the first museums in the United States to present Mexican and Mexican American art. In 2003, the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas recognizing the uniqueness and significant cultural role of Mexic-Arte Museum, it designated it as the “Official Mexican and Mexican American Art Museum of Texas.”
Hours and Admission
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday/Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm
Monday – Thursday 9am – 6pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
$4 Senior Citizens and Students
$1 Children 12 and under
FREE ADMISSION FOR MEXIC-ARTE MEMBERS
FREE ADMISSION EVERY SUNDAY
FREE ADMISSION IN DECEMBER
Maps & Directions
Location: Mexic-Arte Museum is on the corner of 5th St. and Congress Ave. at 419 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701.
Metered street parking is available along 5th St., Congress Ave., and the surrounding blocks. Meters have a 3 hour maximum and run Monday – Wednesday 8 am – 6 pm, Thursday – Friday 8 am – Midnight, and Saturday 11 am – Midnight. Sundays are free of charge. Fees are $1.00 per hour. For additional parking, garages and surface lots are also available throughout the downtown Austin area.
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